2001 Jan, India, Maha Kumbh Mela India

by: Verbeke Jean-Pierre

Published:
Sunday 11th of November 2001 10:06:12 PM

Guru


Brahman


"An Ocean of People at an Ocean of Water" version 2 The Maha Kumbh Mela in India Allahabad has...


Indian Women On the way to the Kumbh at 4.30am


Nagas running to the Ganga


Nagas


Sadhu, holy man


Guru


The early morning


Sunrise over the Ganga


Many, many people


Cramped together


Stick Together


Crossing the Ganga


Indian Policeman


Naga


Shiva Priest


Guru


Nagas. Maha Kumbh Mela Allahabad India. This was the largest gathering of 40 milj Hindus ever in the world. It takes place every 12 years in Allahabad, India. The purpose of the gathering is the ritual bathing at the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna river on the most prospicious time. This was in Jan-Feb 2001 and the most important day was 24 Jan 01. Very early in the morning the bathing starts with the Nagas opening the way. Nagas are fierce fighters who open the path to the Guru, the spiritual leader, and his disciples. This picture has been taking when those Nagas were waiting around near the Ganga. see also http://www.kmp2001.com/


The Banks of the Yamuna


Pelgrims gathering near the Sangam (the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna river). Notice the blue color of the Yamuna mixing with the brown waters of the Ganga.


The Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna river, center of the universe on 24 Jan 2001,


The bathing at the Sangam


Large view of the Sangam


Man watching


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