Maha Kumbh Mela - Allahabad, India.

September 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The Ganges River is a sacred destination for the Hindu faithful. An estimated 100 million devotees made the pilgrimage to Allahabad to take part in ritual bathing during the 55-day Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013. This is where I found myself less than a week after arriving in India. More accurately, it's where I lost myself. Disappearing into the masses was easily achieved whether intentional or not. People were everywhere, filling the streets and lining the river banks. Floating bridges were brought in to ease access between the campsites and bathing areas. It was truly amazing to experience one of the largest gatherings of people in the world. You can see more images from my other travels around India here. Hindu pilgrims on the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Women drying saris after bathing in the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela Hindu pilgrimage in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Hindu sadhu with hair down on the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela religious pilgrimage in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Boatmen on the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela Hindu pilgrimage in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Hindu woman drying a sari after bathing in the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Hindu pilgrims bathe in the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Hindu pilgrims descend on the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Hindu pilgrims bathe in the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Night scene during Maha Kumbh Mela Hindu pilgrimage in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Lights from temporary campsites reflected on the Ganges River during Maha Kumbh Mela Hindu pilgrimage in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.


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