Magh Mela Festival

A shopkeeper waits in his shop as Hindu devotees arrive at the ‘Sangam’, the confluence of the Ganges Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Basant Panchami festival that falls during the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. Basant Panchami, the fifth day of spring is celebrated by worshipping Hindu Goddess of knowledge and wisdom, Saraswati. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus bathe at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as ‘Magh Mela’. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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