Spell of Aquarius

The Kumbh Mela being held in Prayagraj this year has seen lakhs and lakhs of visitors, drawn here by faith to rid them of sin and point the way to salvation.

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Arun Kumar | February 18, 2019 | Delhi


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Image courtesy: Arun Kumar
Image courtesy: Arun Kumar

The Kumbh Mela being held in Prayagraj this year has seen lakhs and lakhs of visitors, drawn here by faith. They believe a holy dip in the Sangam, during this auspicious period, can rid them of sin and point the way to salvation. 







Sadhus, Naga babas of various akhadas, common folk – the Kumbh mela is a confluence of the wonderful variety of paths that Hinduism offers to its followers



Bhang, ganja, charas are all derivatives of cannabis, which is considered prasad of Lord Shiva. Sadhus smoke it freely. No one minds.


The akhadas of the Naga sadhus are a special attraction at  every Kumbh. When they frolic in the water, it’s a boisterous sight.



When lakhs gather daily in one spot, people are bound to get lost. Especially children and the aged. (Inset) At a booth for the lost, announcements are made.

(This photo story appears in the February 28, 2019 edition)

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