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Allahabad, Kumbh Mela. After the sacred bath, in the sunset, some women dry their sari by the Ganges river.

Allahabad, by the Ganga River, the day before the sacred bathe of the Maha Kumbh Mela. Some women were drying their saris in the beautiful light of the sunset.

India | Kumbh Mela 2019

Women drying their sari after the sacred bathes in the Ganges, in Allahabad.

We were coming back to our tents, we didn't know yet that we wouldn't sleep that special night...

We made it among the mammoth gathering of pilgrims and visitors in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj. I still wonder how the Govt managed it.

Sri.L.N.Lakshmi Narasimha Murthy in the driver's seat arranged and guided us. He was then Chief Police Photographer of Karnataka Police and also is a Salon participant in India and International level.

The largest faith gathering in the world, the Kumbh in Allahbad now called #prayagraj. #Kumbh sees a gathering of nearly hundred million people who come to bathe in the confluence of three rivers. They believe it will wash of their sins and free them from the birth death cycle- #moksha.

60 million human beings

in such a small area





(symmetry begins with one ordinary photo

and should be viewed MURAL size )


Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019 was the Ardh Kumbh Mela held at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India from 15 January to 4 March 2019.

Le Kumbh Mela est une fête religieuse hindoue qui se déroule quatre fois tous les 12 ans. Elle a lieu sur une période de 3 mois dans des villes saintes de l'Inde en période de basses eaux.


Le dernier "grand Kumbh Mela" s'est tenu à Allahabad en 2013 et a accueilli près de 100 millions de personnes en 55 jours.


5 à 7 millions de pèlerins peuvent se trouver sur le site de 19,4 Km2 en même temps.


Le budget engagé par le Gouvernement indien est de US$ 300 millions.


Les responsables indiens parviennent à construire et à gérer une mégapole éphémère dont on peut tirer des enseignements utiles dans d'autres circonstances, notamment pour accueillir des réfugiés..


Le groupe : Matharoo Associates (Ahmedabad, India) dirigé par Gurjit Singh Matharoo présente dans l'Arsenal une analyse et tire les leçons architecturales et urbanistiques de cet évènement hors du commun.


Site de la 15ème biennale d'architecture de Venise 2016

(thème : Reporting from the front)

Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019 is the Ardh Kumbh Mela to being held at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India from 15 January to 4 March 2019


Naga sadhus are devoid of any material possessions, without clothes (they only wear a small saffron cloth) and with ash rubbed all over their body. Naga sadhus are known to be epitome of non-violence and have a huge history behind them.


Moving on to their history, the order of Naga Sadhus was founded by Dattatreya Later, Shankaracharya organized the Nagas to protect Sanatana Dharma – years later Naga Sadhus came into being,


The journey to being a Naga Sadu is fulled with penance pain and endurance. Naga Sadhus have to give up their family, all worldly desires and practice a life of celibacy. They even need to conduct their own last rites as a way of telling the world that they are “dead” – they will now only live a life of penance. A Naga Sadhu eats only once a day and can beg for food at 7 seven houses each day, failing which he has to go to bed starving.


Naga Sadhus are mostly seen only during the Kumbh Mela. This is because they are used to a life of oblivion and they are asked to shun people, but it is an exception during the Kumbh. This is the place they come to hoping to connect with God and go back to their life of oblivion soon after.


According to Hindu mythology, Vishnu dropped drops of amrita (the drink of immortality) at four places, while transporting it in a kumbha (pot). These four places, including Allahabad, are identified as the present-day sites of the Kumbh Mela. The river-side fair at Allahabad is centuries old, but its association with the kumbha myth and a 12-year old cycle dates back to the 19th century. The priests of Allahabad borrowed these concepts from the Haridwar Kumbh Mela and applied it to their local Magh Mela, an annual celebration. The Magh Mela probably dates back to the early centuries CE, and has been mentioned in several Puranas. #kumbhmela #kumbh #prayagraj #ardh #allahabad #2019

A sad feeling comes to me when I see this one. I remember the last day of my Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013. We were ready to come back home.

Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019 was the Ardh Kumbh Mela held at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India from 15 January to 4 March 2019.

Millions of Pilgrims/tourists visited Kumbh Mela 2019 between Jn.15 to March 04 for a holi dip at Sangam the confluence of the Ganges,Yamuna and mythical Saraswathi Rivers.To facilitate the smooth movements of the pedestrians on the river banks 22 temporary pontoon bridges were constructed.

Government took months pf planning and hard work for this one of the World's largest relegious gatherings.

female devotees at Kumbh Mela 2013


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This was taken at the Maha Kumbh Mela in India in February of 2013. It is widely considered the largest gathering of human beings on the planet. These men, called Sadhus or holy men, are making their way to the Ganges River so they can bathe in it. I was down on the ground with them trying to get shots and it was just not working. I saw this water tank and climbed up as quick as I could and managed to make some photographs I'm proud of.

Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019 was the Ardh Kumbh Mela held at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India from 15 January to 4 March 2019.

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