Images: People, the most important aspect of Kumbh Mela

Feb 13, 2013   (8 images)

An estimated 30 million people visited the Maha Kumbh Mela on 10th February 2013 and an estimated 100 million are expected to visit the place during the festival spread over 55 days. There are families, kids, widows, fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles huddled over little fires and waiting for the precise moment when they will take a dip. The Naga Babas, the monks, the elephants and the horses and the noise and the mayhem. It is exotic. It makes for a great India story. Here are some images from the Kumbh Mela.


 

An estimated 30 million people visited the Maha Kumbh Mela on 10th February 2013. Trilok Sengupta

An estimated 30 million people visited the Maha Kumbh Mela on 10th February 2013. Trilok Sengupta

 

One of the world’s oldest religious festivals, it’s about millions hypnotised by faith who walk for days to brave sub zero temperatures. Trilok Sengupta

One of the world’s oldest religious festivals, it’s about millions hypnotised by faith who walk for days to brave sub zero temperatures. Trilok Sengupta

 

The Naga Sadhus sometimes break into inpromptu chants of  Har Har Mahadev just to keep the rapidly declining adrenaline pumping. They have miles to go. Trilok Sengupta

The Naga Sadhus sometimes break into inpromptu chants of Har Har Mahadev just to keep the rapidly declining adrenaline pumping. They have miles to go. Trilok Sengupta

 

At the Sangam, there are people everywhere. Trilok Sengupta.

At the Sangam, there are people everywhere. Trilok Sengupta.

 

You cannot walk past them without looking at some of their expressionless faces. Trilok Sengupta

You cannot walk past them without looking at some of their expressionless faces. Trilok Sengupta

 

A father-son duo walk at the Kumbh Mela. Trilok Sengupta

A father-son duo walk at the Kumbh Mela. Trilok Sengupta

 

Kumbh is a fantastic exhibition of poverty. Trilok Sengupta

Kumbh is a fantastic exhibition of poverty. Trilok Sengupta

 

The Naga Babas, the monks, the elephants and the horses and the noise and the mayhem. Trilok Sengupta

The Naga Babas, the monks, the elephants and the horses and the noise and the mayhem. Trilok Sengupta

 

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