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Dozens die in stampede during festival in India

  At least 36 Hindu pilgrims were killed during a stampede at a train station in India. The incident happened as millions of people gathered for a Hindu festival in which worshippers take a holy dip in the Ganges River. NBCNews.com's Gabe Gutierrez reports.

At least 18 dead in stampede at massive Indian Hindu festival

ALLAHABAD, India (Reuters) - At least 18 people were killed in a stampede in the Indian city of Allahabad on Sunday as Hindus returned from a river dip at the world's largest religious festival. Full story

Millions of Hindus take to sacred rivers at Maha Kumbh Mela

  The Maha Kumbh Mela, has started in India. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are bathing in spot where according to Hindu scripture the waters of three rivers the Ganges, Yamuna and a mythical river meet. When people bath, the spiritual benefits are said to multiply. Around 100 million people are expected

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A Hindu holy man takes rest as he takes part in the "Bol Bom" pilgrimage in Kathmandu July 29, 2013. The faithful, chanting the name of Lord Shiva, run some 15 km barefooted toward Pashupatinath temple seeking good health, wealth and happiness. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCI

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A Hindu devotee gestures as he takes part in the "Bol Bom" pilgrimage in Kathmandu July 29, 2013. The faithful, chanting the name of Lord Shiva, run some 15 km barefooted toward Pashupatinath temple seeking good health, wealth and happiness. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY