Photographer's Note

Sadhus (Hindu Holy Men) march towards the Sangam (Confluence) of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythological Saraswati in Allahabad where the Kumbh Mela is being held these days.

A dip during the Kumbh Mela at the holy Sangam is widely believed as a sure way to wash off all sins. The most sacred of all Hindu festival, Kumbh (meaning pot) Mela (meaning fair) is expected to attract pilgrims exceeding 70 million over the next few weeks. Apart from the ritual bath, other activities include religious discussions, devotional singing, mass feeding of holy men/women and the poor, and religious assemblies where doctrines are debated and standardized. However holy men and devotees are not the only ones thronging the fair ground. More than 10,000 police and para-military personnel have been deployed, to thwart any untoward incidence. You can catch a glimpse of them in this image as well.

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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