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A Hindu devotee prays to a cow at the Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra festival, in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Hindus across the country celebrate Ganga Dussehra by worshiping the River Ganges, which is considered as the most sacred and the holiest river. The water of the Ganges is worshiped in sealed containers in every home, sprinkled as a benediction of peace.

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