People From Kumbha Mela 2015

while clicking

Kumbha mela is  believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth.  It happened in Nashik this year. Millions of people came attend this fair. Here you can see a very small cross section of those people.

People have come from far to cleanse their sins
People have come from far to cleanse their sins
People came alone and in groups
People came alone and in groups
They stayed there for days
They stayed there for days
People organised and arranged everything for the pilgrims
People organised and arranged everything for the pilgrims

Those people ranged from Commandos to..
Those people ranged from Commandos to..
..to kids
..to kids
Flower sellers to..
Flower sellers to..
to food sellers
to food sellers
Young people to..
Young people to..
..to old people
..to old people
Readers to..
Readers to..
..to smokers
..to smokers
Swimmers to..
Swimmers to..
Devotees
..to Devotees
Men in White to..
Men in White to..
Women in Red
Women in Red
And there were all kinds of people
And there were all kinds of people in that small space.

But the highlight was the Sadhus /hermits/saints/pilgrims.

A very young one
A very young one
A young one
A young one
An old one
An old one
A saffron one
A saffron one
A black one
A black one
A calm one
A calm one
A cool one
A cool one
A smiling one
A smiling one
A singing one
A singing one
A talking one
A talking one
a techie one..
a techie one..

And there were a lot of interesting moments to capture.

While drizzling
While drizzling
While walking
While walking
while raining
while raining
And while walking again
And while walking again
Someone caught me red handed
And then Someone caught me red handed when I was taking pictures
While someone was completely unaware
While someone was completely unaware
And then there was a sadhu meeting
And then there was a sadhu meeting happening somewhere
And followers following Sadhu
And followers following Sadhu
While someone was trying to become a sadhu
While someone was trying to become a pseduo sadhu

But the most interesting part was to capture the Naga sadhus.

While Staring
While Staring
While talking
While talking
While blessing
While blessing
while clicking
while clicking
While chilling
While chilling
while contemplating
while contemplating
While emoting
While emoting
And while initiating
And while initiating

And they all gave me a wonderful experience to cherish.

[PS : I have deliberately used the term Sadhu which means renunciates who seeks nothing but liberation/Nirvana/Moksha. These pictures represents only a very small part of sadhus to come to any conclusions.]

 

Photographing the journeys to recreate the Travels to take you for a virtual Photo walk.

63 Comments

  1. lifestyleproblog
    September 28, 2015

    Amazing Portraits J!!! I especially loved the shot of the sadhu with the aviators and one where a woman reads a gurmukhi scripture… lovely!!!

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    1. trablogger
      September 30, 2015

      Thank you so much.
      Oh.. are you from Punjab?

      Reply
      1. lifestyleproblog
        September 30, 2015

        am a punjabi who is not from punjab!!

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        1. trablogger
          September 30, 2015

          Very interesting Punjabi Indeed 😀

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          1. lifestyleproblog
            September 30, 2015

            Haha… that I am

  2. Aakansha
    September 24, 2015

    I’ve never been to the Kumbh, but your gallery took me there virtually. Thank you. 🙂

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks a lot Aakansha. Glad you enjoyed the virtual photo walk 🙂

      Reply
  3. Fimnora Westcaw
    September 24, 2015

    Totally amazing pics, here! I loved the sense of each. You can feel the experience coming out of the picture.
    As always, a splendid journey.

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks a lot Fim. Glad you enjoyed the virtual journey 🙂

      Reply
      1. Fimnora Westcaw
        September 24, 2015

        You’re welcome. I always do enjoy these journeys 🙂

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        1. trablogger
          September 24, 2015

          I hope to bring some more of such journeys 🙂

          Reply
  4. Lifelover
    September 24, 2015

    And I envy you. Seriously. For a photographer, it’s a treat. Amazingly cool photos. Sadhu with the camera is outstanding.

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      haha.. envy?!!
      Indeed, it was a treat, but soon i got bored of taking repeated shots. But if you keep on observing, you can find lot of opportunities anyway!

      Reply
  5. badfish
    September 24, 2015

    Whoa..you went to Kumba Mela?? Cool. And all these photos are just marvelous. Guy with the camera is funny. I went in Hardiwar a few years back. Ganga was very cold.

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks a lot.
      Haridwar must be great. More people would have been there. Well the MahaKumbha mela was on 2013. That would be a heck of an experience! But i missed it!

      Reply
      1. badfish
        September 25, 2015

        yeah, I was there in 2010, didn’t really get good shots…couldn’t get close enough

        Reply
  6. Lignum Draco
    September 24, 2015

    Interesting series and great shot selection. I can only imagine what the crowd must have looked like, and the noise and atmosphere.

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks a lot. I will soon do another post with crowd and a bit of story behind the entire thing.
      Do you have any suggestions for improvement?

      Reply
      1. Lignum Draco
        September 24, 2015

        No suggestions. You’re doing a good job documenting the event.

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        1. trablogger
          September 24, 2015

          Thank you 🙂

          Reply
  7. dreamzandclouds
    September 24, 2015

    very nice pics….I liked the cool & the techie sadhu 😛

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      haha.. out of them all you liked the cool ones 😀
      Thank you for liking those pictures 🙂

      Reply
      1. dreamzandclouds
        September 24, 2015

        😀

        Reply
  8. quirkywanderer
    September 24, 2015

    whoa!!! some great shots you ve got there! 🙂 Awesome stuff!

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks a lot Miss Photographer 🙂

      Reply
  9. ishkishmish.com
    September 24, 2015

    So many types of sadhus lol. Really liked the woman in red pik

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Yes, without exaggeration you can tell that there well millions of them! I meant the people 😉
      Thanks for really liking the woman in red.

      Reply
  10. CompassAndCamera
    September 24, 2015

    Wow, what a gorgeous post! Your photos are incredible. Thanks for sharing this event.

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks a lot for your kind words. Dint see you for long. Hope you are doing good. Safe travels. 🙂

      Reply
  11. alphastare
    September 23, 2015

    Love the Sadhus.

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thank you. Sadhus are a pleasure to photograph 😀

      Reply
  12. Amy
    September 23, 2015

    Great shots all over! The Naga sadhu captures are amazing.

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks a lot Amy. Naga sadhus are the main highlight for many. 🙂

      Reply
      1. Amy
        September 24, 2015

        I have seen the crowd photos of this event, but haven’t seen the close up shots like you did. Awesome series! 🙂

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        1. trablogger
          September 24, 2015

          I hope to bring the crowd pictures in the next post 🙂

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          1. Amy
            September 24, 2015

            Are you?! I so looking forward to it. 🙂

          2. trablogger
            September 24, 2015

            Now the pressure is on 😉

          3. Amy
            September 24, 2015

            Yea 😀 I know yours will be awesome all over! I’m waiting…

  13. Nimmi
    September 23, 2015

    Awesome! When you went to kumbha meal???

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks Nimmi. I went to Nashik two weeks ago.

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      1. Nimmi
        September 24, 2015

        Ah! That’s great. I’m sure you must have a blessed time over there 🙂

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        1. trablogger
          September 24, 2015

          haha… did you mean ‘blessing’ blessing?? 😉
          I had a great time capturing those blessed souls 😀

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          1. Nimmi
            September 24, 2015

            I mean… It’s a holy place and that place is filled with divine energy and peace of mind.
            Oh, yes! Your photos depicts that very clearly 🙂

          2. trablogger
            September 24, 2015

            Yea, all my sins were washed away! I am so sinless now 😉 😀

          3. Nimmi
            September 24, 2015

            Hahaha 😀 That’s sounds great 😛

          4. trablogger
            September 24, 2015

            sure it does 😉

          5. Nimmi
            September 24, 2015

            Good to know that 😉

          6. trablogger
            September 24, 2015

            i guess so 😉

          7. Nimmi
            September 24, 2015

            kya?? 🙂

          8. trablogger
            September 24, 2015

            kuch nahi hindikkari!

          9. Nimmi
            September 24, 2015

            Hahaha 😀 I like it J… 😉 Where are you at the mo’???

          10. trablogger
            September 25, 2015

            Bangalore. And you?

          11. Nimmi
            September 25, 2015

            What do you think?? Where can this birdie be? 😉

          12. trablogger
            September 25, 2015

            at least once you can give answer!

          13. Nimmi
            September 25, 2015

            Haha 😀 I’m in your home town dear 😉

          14. trablogger
            September 25, 2015

            which happened to be yours too?

          15. Nimmi
            September 25, 2015

            Arey wha!! Haan ji… Kind of 😉

          16. trablogger
            September 25, 2015

            interesting!

          17. Nimmi
            September 25, 2015

            😉

          18. trablogger
            September 25, 2015

            fb!

  14. Bulldog Travels
    September 23, 2015

    Wonderful candid portraits. Really great shots. I LOVE the photo of the man looking through the camera.

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    1. trablogger
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks a lot Jenny. Yea, I like that photo too. So I decide to make it as the featured image too 🙂

      Reply
      1. Bulldog Travels
        September 24, 2015

        Very cool!

        Reply

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