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"kumbh mēlā" is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. It is the world's largest religious gathering, with 80 million people expected in 2013.[2] It is held every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain. Thus the Kumbh Mela is held at each of these four places every twelfth year. Ardh ("Half") Kumbh Mela is held at only two places, Haridwar and Allahabad, every sixth year. The rivers at these four places are: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar, the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad, the Godawari at Nasik, and the Shipra at Ujjain.(wikipedia)

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A: At Sangam, Kumbh 2013

by Hemant Kumar, 1.4 km away

One such Triveni Sangam, in Prayag (Allahabad) has two physical rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the invisi...

At Sangam, Kumbh 2013

B: first time

by Кирилл Михайлов, 35.0 km away

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C: Kshameshwar Ghat (Varanasi)

by George Velesko, 114.8 km away

Varanasi is a holy city in northern India. Visually, when you think of the city, you picture the rive...

Kshameshwar Ghat (Varanasi)

D: Shivala Ghat, Varanasi

by Roger Berry, 114.8 km away

Shivala Ghat was of great importance during the medieval times. A magnificent mansion built during th...

Shivala Ghat, Varanasi

E: Rana Mahal Ghat, Varanasi

by Roger Berry, 114.8 km away

The Ranamahal Ghat is located south of Dashaswamedh Ghat, between Darbhanga Ghat and Chousaiti Ghat, ...

Rana Mahal Ghat, Varanasi

F: Buffalos at The Narad Ghat, Ganges River Varanasi

by Roger Berry, 114.8 km away

Here at the Narad Ghat in Varanasi it seems like the buffalos have taken over. You may think that it ...

Buffalos at The Narad Ghat, Ganges River Varanasi

G: Raja Ghat (Varanasi)

by George Velesko, 114.8 km away

Varanasi, also known as Banaras, is located on the banks of the Ganges river. Both city and the river...

Raja Ghat (Varanasi)

H: Shivala Ghat (Varanasi)

by George Velesko, 114.8 km away

I visited Varanasi in March, three days after Holi. Along the riverside, the ground was stained with ...

Shivala Ghat (Varanasi)

I: Chousatti Ghat, Ganges River Boat Ride Varanasi

by Roger Berry, 114.9 km away

View form a row boat in the early morning passing bathing pilgrims along the Chousatti Ghat, Varanasi...

Chousatti Ghat,  Ganges River Boat Ride Varanasi

J: Prayag Ghat, Varanasi

by Roger Berry, 114.9 km away

The Prayag Ghat is located on the immediate left of the Dashaswamedh Ghat, the most important section...

Prayag Ghat, Varanasi

This panorama was taken in India, Asia

This is an overview of Asia

Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.

Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

Text by Steve Smith.

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