Prayag Kumbh Mela

Some of the most iconic images from Prayag Poorna Kumbh Mela are the photographs that feature Naga Sadhus or the naked hermits. High on opium and dismissive of civilazation, these holy babas have supposedly renounced ‘worldly pleasures’. It’s ironic that when you visit them you hear words like “aur photo lo bahut saare khencho (take more photograpgs take many)”. Pronunciation like these are in stark contrast with renunciation which they claim to have made. Nevertheless they are the most photogenic sight in Kumbh Mela one of the most auspicious Hidu Festival observed in India.

At prayag i.e. Allahabad, it is celebrated every 1, 12 and 144 years and named as Kumbh, Poorna Kumbh and Maha Kumbh respectively. According to the legends of Samudra Manthan, Allahabad is the place where Hindu god of creation Bramha prayed after completing Ashwamedh Yagna and began the creation of Universe. Gods and Asuras churned the sea for Amrit (Nectar of Immortality) and in a fight that ensued between gods and asuras for possesion of Amrita, a drop of nector fell here at Prayag in Allahabad.  Prayag is also the place of confluence of three legendary river in Hindu Mythology: Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.

Prayag Kumbh Mela

A Naga Baba High on Opium – Prayag Kumbh Mela 2013

Sadhu at Kumbh Mela Allahabad, ndia

DIfferent Strokes for Different Folks – Kumbh Mela 2013 – These Naga Sadhus are posing for photographers (mostly from West) at Prayag Kumbh Mela 2013 in Allahabad

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