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    Posted November 16, 2013 by
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    Travel photo of the day

    Morning Prayers


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     yogicio traveled to Allahabad, India, in February 2013 where he captured this photograph of people bathing in the south bank of the river in preparation for morning prayers. 'It is a tradition for all Hindus to do a ritual morning prayer -- pooja -- involving a small flame, some colored powders, ghee and the water of the sacred Gange river, if possible,' he explained. 'This simple, shared worship experience, done far from temples or priests, is the most genuine expression of faith and its role in Indian family life. In the morning, just around dawn, it is so peaceful and serene,' he said. His image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for January 20, 2014.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Kumbh Mela, which occurs every 12 years, is the world's largest gathering of people. Worshipers come from all over India and the world to bathe in the Holy Gange river and wash their sins away.

    This photo was taken just after dawn as a daughter assists her mother with lighting the flame of their prayers before sending it to the river. They are at peace and alone, surrounded by other early morning devotees of all ages.

    In the background you can glimpse the hundreds of boats and thousands of tents of the the millions that have come to this unique event.

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