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The confluence of India's three holiest rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, more commonly known as the Sangam was a virtual sea of humanity during the sacred Hindu festival of Ardh Kumbh. At sunrise, hundreds of thousand gathered for a holy dip, strongly believed as a sure way to wash off all sins. But among the multitude, what caught my eye, was this western woman, who somehow managed to find a secluded corner and looked at peace with herself, all alone. She sat on the river bank witnessing with interest a ritual so foreign to her. I did not wish to break her tranquility, instead captured her from a distance.
Kumbh Mela is the festival of wishes. People from every religion and caste are present in the festival in one or another form, saints and sacred performers from every caste are present in the festival. The fair ground takes the shape of mini India. Different types of language, tradition-culture, dress, food, way of living can be witnessed in this festival where millions of people reach without any invitation.

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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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