2001 Jan, India, Maha Kumbh Mela India
by: Verbeke Jean-Pierre
Sunday 11th of November 2001 10:06:12 PM
"An Ocean of People at an Ocean of Water" version 2
The Maha Kumbh Mela in India Allahabad has...
On the way to the Kumbh at 4.30am
Nagas running to the Ganga
Sadhu, holy man
The early morning
Sunrise over the Ganga
Many, many people
Crossing the Ganga
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
Next Gallery >>