Kumbh: a religious carnival

Kumb Mela, one of 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. It draws people from all around the world, who come to withness the spectacle. Here are a few pictures from the Kumbh Mela held in Allahabad this year. Take a look!

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A Naga Sadhu gets ready for a round of smoking ‘Chillum’ even as another strikes the match to light it up in their camp, in Kumbh Mela area, in Allahabad. The mega religious fair is held once in 12 years. HT/Sheeraz Rizvi

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A Sadhu, Swami Achyutanand Maharaj, sits on a throne in his camp, in Kumbh Mela area, in Allahabad. HT/Sheeraz Rizvi

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Hindu devotees take blessing from a Naga Sadhu after an evening prayer in Bada Udaseen Akhara, in the Kumbh mela area, in Allahabad. HT/Sheeraz Rizvi

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Pilrgims and seers sit in rows for the bhandara (free community meal) being served at the camp, in Kumbh Mela area, in Allahabad. HT/Sheeraz Rizvi

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A Naga Sadhu Syamanand Saraswati went inside a 9x9 feet pit for nine days to pray to the honour of women who were being molested and harassed shows different 'mudras' of Yoga, in a Kumbh Mela area, in Allahabad. HT/Sheeraz Rizvi

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A foreign pilgrim takes a dip at the Sangam, confluence of rivers Ganga , Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on the occasion of Paush Poornima during Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad. HT/Raj K Raj

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