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**ALL ROUND PICTURES FROM SOLARPIX.COM**.**WORLDWIDE SYNDICATION RIGHTS**.The Kumbh Mela is the world's largest religious fesitval. It is held four times every 12 years, and in 2010 being held in Haridwar, India. With five major Akhadas of Sanyasis hoisting their religios flags (Dharm Dhwajas) amid elaborate rituals, the Kumbh Mela in Hardwar formally started. The five Akhadas-Juna Akhada, Agni Akhada, Avahan Akhada, Mahanirvan Akhada and Atal Akhada - hoisted 52-yard long flags. The whole ceremony was a spectacle in itself. Dozens of bands accompanying the akhada processions, people trying to touch the flags and saints lending helping hand to these flags portrayed the religious significance attached with these dharam dhwajas. Also the pilgrim city has donned saffron colour with saints from various parts of the country reaching here in large numbers. Haridwar, India. 1 February 2010..This pic: Kumbh Mela..JOB REF: 10623 SJA        DATE: 01_02_2010.**MUST CREDIT SOLARPIX.COM OR DOUBLE FEE WILL BE CHARGED**.**MUST NOTIFY SOLARPIX OF ONLINE USAGE**.**CALL US ON: +34 952 811 768 or LOW RATE FROM UK 0844 617 7637**