In this Monday, March 31, 2014, photo, devotees and foreign tourists sit at the Ghat on the banks of the river Ganges, in Varanasi, India. For tens of millions of people, the city of Varanasi, on the banks of the river Ganges, is a place of pilgrimage, where devout Hindus believe they earn instant salvation. But in recent weeks Varanasi also has become the noisy battleground for India's most-watched contest in its national elections: Two of the country’s most prominent politicians are facing off in a contest for the city’s sole parliamentary seat. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

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