15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik

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Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik by Abhigya Shrivastava

"It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination, marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites."                  ~ Mark Twain, after attending the 1895 Kumbh Mela.

Kumbh Mela, celebrated at Naishik, Haridwar, Ujjain and Prayag, is the largest human congregation on earth, and is one of the most spiritual festivals too. The festival, known as the largest peaceful gathering, occurs once in 12 years as per Hindu calendar and is marked by participation of 'sadhus' from different denominations (akhadas), and lakhs of devotees.

This year the Kumbh Mela commenced with the auspicious ceremony of flag-hoisting at the Ram Kunda at Trimbakeshwar on July 14th, 2015.
Nashik-Trimbakeshwar host Kumbh Mela when the Sun and Jupiter come together in Leo ('Simha') zodiac sign in the month of Magh as per the Hindu calender. Nasik is one of four places where the elixir of immortality, the 'amrit', fell to earth from a pitcher from Lord Vishnu's hands, as gods and demons were engaged in the tussle to gain the ownership of the jar full of 'amrit'. Here are 15 awe inspiring images from the Kumbh Mela: Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 1/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava RitualsPhoto of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 2/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Gathering of people at the MelaPhoto of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 3/15 by Abhigya ShrivastavaAghori sadhu covers themselves in human ash. Credits - Joey L.Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 4/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava ChillamPhoto of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 5/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava A devotee taking the auspicious bath at the mela on July 14th, 2015.Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 6/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Gathering of the Naga Sadhus.Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 7/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava A regularity at the MelaPhoto of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 8/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Naga sadhus, who visit the civilization only during the Kumbh.Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 9/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Poojas, hymns and processions, marking the inauguration. Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 10/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Devotees enjoying the dip in the riverPhoto of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 11/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Millions of people attending the Mela.Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 12/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Another devotee in want of the spiritual solace.Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 13/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Kusa Varta KundaPhoto of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 14/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava That hair!Photo of 15 Striking Images Of The Kumbh Mela At Nasik 15/15 by Abhigya Shrivastava Ashed up.

Image credits: Way to India, Kumbh Mela Nasik, Traveling MonkMaha Kumbh Festival

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I dont think all the pics are from Nasik kumbh mela. I recognize the red tower present in haridwar, in one of the pics. You should change the title. This is mileading for readers
Fri 03 18 16, 21:59 · Reply · Report
The ninth picture from the top is from Haridwar's Kumbh Mela. Look at the red colored clock tower in the picture, this clock tower is present in Haridwar and not in Nasik.
Fri 03 18 16, 12:02 · Reply · Report
The second picture from the top is from Allahabad's Kumbh held in 2013. In this picture, you can see bridges built on the circular structures, such kind of bridges were never built in Nasik.
Fri 03 18 16, 12:02 · Reply · Report
Congrarts Your work is astonishing with real ground touch
Tue 09 08 15, 05:21 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you sir.
Fri 10 09 15, 05:42 · Report
Would have enjoyed more to experience it with eyes of first hand viewer.
Fri 09 04 15, 23:23 · Reply · Report
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