The Ganges River is sacred to Hindus like these women in Varanasi, India. Pilgrims travel thousands of miles to pray and bathe themselves in the river as part of a purification ritual.

Photograph by Dominique Thuot, MyShot
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A river is a large, natural stream of flowing water. Rivers are found on every continent and on nearly every kind of land.