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An old lady waits her turn for the holy bath at Ardh Kumbh. It seemed to me that life was unkind to her. Will the holy dip bring an end to her misery? Will it ensure a better life for her in next birth? Will her wait be finally over, one wonders.....

Hotfooting it to the Ardh Kumbh in Allahabad to examine this congregation of humanity from close quarters, the experience, not unexpectedly, was enlightening for me. Ardh Kumbh was a minefield of photo-ops. From the breathtaking scenery at dawn to the sea of humanity that throngs Allahabad for the Mela to the makeshift city of tents spread over 50 sq kms, there were so many stories to be told through the lens of a camera. Devouts from all over the world have descended on Allahabad in large numbers for the Kumbh festival, which is held once in six years. All of them have arrived braving freezing temperatures to bathe at the confluence of the River Ganga, the Yamuna and mythical Saraswati. On the auspiciuos day of Shahi Snan or the Royal Bathing, over five million faithful took a holy dip at the confluence. The holy dip is believed to cleanse oneself of all sins.

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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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