A Hindu devotee prays after a holy dip at ‘Sangam’, the confluence of Hindu holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh Mela festival at Allahabad, India, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Led by heads of monasteries arriving on chariots and ash-smeared naked ascetics, millions of devout Hindus plunged into the frigid waters of the holy Ganges River in India on Sunday in a ritual that they believe will wash away their sins. Sunday was the third of six auspicious bathing days during the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, which lasts 55 days and is one of the world’s largest religious gatherings.
Hindu women devotees take holy dips at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna the mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Hindus across the country are celebrating Ganga Dussehra, devoted to the worship of the River Ganges. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, takes rest after prayer at the Pashupatinath Temple, in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River is one of the most revered temples of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Jamuna Devi, 85, a widow ties a “Rakhi” on the wrist of a Hindu holy man to mark the Hindu festival “Raksha Bandhan,” in Varanasi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. The festival celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. Hindi reads: “My brother.” (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 photo, an Indian widow lights crackers as they celebrate Diwali or the festival of lights at an Ashram in Vrindavan, India. In India, for all of its recent modernization and openness to foreign cultures, being a widow remains one of the worst stigmas a woman can endure, and women are far from equal here. When her husband dies, the widow often becomes a pariah, excluded from family gatherings for fear the mere fall of her shadow will bring bad luck and tragedy.(AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A Hindu holy man smokes as he waits to register for the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu, India, Friday, June 28, 2013. Thousands of pilgrims annually visit the remote Himalayan shrine of Amarnath at 3,888 meters (12,756 feet) above sea level to worship an icy stalagmite representing Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian man sells lotus flowers to devotees standing behind a fence at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Hundreds of tantric Sadhus, or holy men from an esoteric form of Hinduism, gather to perform rituals at the temple during the annual Ambubasi festival that begins from June 22. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian woman rings bells at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Hundreds of tantric Sadhus, or holy men from an esoteric form of Hinduism, gather to perform rituals at the temple during the annual Ambubasi festival that begins from June 22. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
Thousands of Indian Hindu devotees light candles in the form of the ‘Aum’ religious symbol during a Maha Arti (Mass Prayer) on the eighth night of ongoing Navratri in Gandhinagar, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad, on late October 12, 2013. Navaratri is a vibrant nine night festival worship of the Mother Goddess Durga. Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images
Hindu men and a boy from the village of Nangaon are covered in colored powder as they sit on the floor during prayers at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holy festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 21, 2013. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
A Sri Lankan Hindu priest blesses devotees during Diwali, or the Festival of Lights at a Hindu temple in Colombo on November 2, 2013. The Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali marks the homecoming of the God Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and symbolises taking people from darkness to light in the victory of good over evil. Photo by Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images.
Pakistani minority Hindus celebrate Diwali with fireworks in Karachi on November 3, 2013. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with jubilation and enhusiasm as one of the biggest Hindu festivals. People decorate their homes with flowers and Diyas (earthen lamps), celebrate the homecoming of the God Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and honour the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. AFP PHOTO/Rizwan TABASSUM
In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 photo, Indian widows light lamps as they celebrate Diwali or the festival of lights at an Ashram in Vrindavan, India. In India, for all of its recent modernization and openness to foreign cultures, being a widow remains one of the worst stigmas a woman can endure, and women are far from equal here. When her husband dies, the widow often becomes a pariah, excluded from family gatherings for fear the mere fall of her shadow will bring bad luck and tragedy.
In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 photo, Indian devotees dance around Hindu deity Umiya Mata temple on the eighth night of Navratri in Surat in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Every year thousands of devotees participate in this ritual, where they pray to nine different forms of Hindu Goddess Durga.