Keeper Of The Flame

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[Allahabad, March 24. Image via Getty]

A Indian Hindu woman performs rituals during the Navratri festival at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, in Allahabad on March 24, 2010. Celebrated twice a year, Navratri symbolises the triumph of good over evil when Lord Rama defeated Ravana. Sangam is one of Hinduism's most important centres where thousands of people take holy dips as the Hindu belief that the Ganges washes away sin entices millions of Hindus into the waterway each year. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA. (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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India is a beautiful, ancient place with wisdom and history beyond the imagination of most Westerners.

But to believe that a dip in the Ganges CLEANSES anything is a bit of a stretch.