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India. Uttar Pradesh state. Allahabad. Maha Kumbh Mela. An Indian Hindu devotee with a tilaka on the front head. In Hinduism, the tilaka, tika or tilakam or tilak is a mark created by the smearing of powder or paste and worn on the forehead. Tilaka may be worn on a daily basis or for special religious occasions. The Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. In 2013, it is estimated that nearly 80 million devotees took a bath in the water of the holy river Ganges. The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela, which comes after 12 Purna Kumbh Mela, or 144 years, is always held at Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh (abbreviated U.P.) is a state located in northern India. 10.02.13 © 2013 Didier Ruef