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kumbh mela 2013 | allahabad

Published February 19th, 2013

the kumbh mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers ganga, yamuna and the mythical saraswati. the mela alternates between nasik, allahabad, ujjain and haridwar every three years. the one celebrated at the holy sangam in allahabad is the largest and holiest of them.

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incoming

pilgrims move towards sangam before 'shahi snan' (most holy bath) day.

  • February 14th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/5.6 / 1/20 sec
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queue

pilgrims make a queue for free dinner at a camp organized by a temple organization.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/4 / 1/25 sec
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camp

pilgrims take lunch back to their tents in a kumbh mela camp.

  • February 16th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/4 / 1/125 sec
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no entry

shoes are kept outside of a tent where a godman meets his disciples before the 'shahi snan' (most holy bath) day.

  • February 14th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/15 sec
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musicians

band musicians take rest and watch video in mobile phone before 'shahi snan' (most holy bath) day.

  • February 14th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/40 sec
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marigold

garlands of marigold flowers being dressed on the chariots in order to prepare for 'shahi snan' (most holy bath) day. these chariots would carry godmans from each camp towards sangam on the very day.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/4 / 1/25 sec
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flow

thousands of pilgrims start their journey before dawn towards sangam for the holy bath just at the stroke of sunrise.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/4 / 1/25 sec
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ecstasy

'naga sadhus' (naked godmen) starts their journey before dawn towards sangam for the holy bath just at the stroke of sunrise.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/15 sec
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on top

naga sadhus (naked godmen) continue their journey towards sangam for the holy bath just at the stroke of sunrise.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/640 sec
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followers

pilgrims and followers offer their prayer to the passing godmen on chariot.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/10 sec
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journey

thousands of naga sadhus (naked godmen) move towards sangam for the holy dip.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/1000 sec
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confluence

a naga sadhu (naked godman) prepares to take a dip at the confluence of holy rivers ganga and yamuna. there is a third river, mythical saraswati, which meets these two rivers here. the place is called 'sangam', meaning confluence.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/11 / 1/60 sec
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tarpan

an agen pilgrim performs ritualistic prayer at the sangam.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 23mm / f/2.8 / 1/1000 sec
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wait

a pilgrim wait for her turn for bath while pilgrims flock the area surrounding sangam for the holy dip.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/500 sec
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sadhu

a sadhu completes his holy dip and poses for a photograph.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/1000 sec
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pundit

a pundit waits for prospective customers. pilgrims go to them to offer prayer and perform ritualistic puja in exchange of money.

  • February 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/22 / 1/4 sec
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water

rain water catches reflection of pilgrims at the sangam.

  • February 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  • 105mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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return

pilgrims board an open lorry for their journey back to home.

  • February 15th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/2.8 / 1/1600 sec
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pontoon bridge

pilgrims return back home across the river on the pontoon bridge. authorities erected 18 such temporary pontoon bridges on the river to ease out transportation.

  • February 17th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 16mm / f/8 / 1/200 sec
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my auto

after a life-time experience in the kumbh mela, i start my return journey in an auto rickshaw while pilgrims walk back in my way.

  • February 18th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 24mm / f/4 / 1/2000 sec

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