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  claude renault / © claude renault      Project : Ardh Kumbh Mela 2007.
I shared a tent with some Sadhus from a village near Varanasi at the Ardh Khumbh Mela last month. The mela last for about one full month. People from all over are coming to bath in the Holy Ganges there. This year the main Bath was on January 19th. I decided to follow the life of regular pilgrims there. A lot of pilgrims are coming there to stay the full month with their families. They organize themselves in little villages inside Akharas. They sleep inside tents, cook , pray, just like home. Most of my images will show the life of regular pilgrims rather than just sadhus. A lot of them were shot at the Nirvani Akhara where I stayed. The Maha Kumbh Mela ("great festival of the pot of nectar of immortality") is held every three years in each of four different locations, returning to each of four places every twelve years. An Ardh (half) Mela (festival) takes place six years after the Maha Kumbh in each location.
2 photos 0 draft - Created : 15/11/2007 - Modified : 28/11/2007



Trishul. Allahabad
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Trishul. Allahabad
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17/11/2007   5 comm. photo
Nagababa. Allahabad
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Nagababa. Allahabad
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