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Flowing from the Himalayas through India and Bangladesh, the Ganges (or Ganga) is Hinduism’s most sacred river and the most heavily populated basin in the world. Millions of Hindus make pilgrimages to the river’s shores every year to purify their spirits or pass into the afterlife.

Instagrammers are capturing some of the stunning rituals taking place on the shore of the Ganges this summer. Above are a few of our favorite shots.