December 2013


Kumbh Mela, Allahabad

Pilgrims at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad - India

Canon EOS 1D-X, EF70-200mm f4L IS USM Lens, 1/640 sec, f4 ISO 800

The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu festival held in one of four cities every three years, with the largest and holiest gatherings taking place every twelve years in the Indian town of Allahabad located in the southern part of Uttar Pradesh. The Kumbh Mela brings together devotees from across India and around the world. This mass gathering of humanity shares the common goal of bathing in the holy waters of the Allahabad Sangam. Astonishingly more than 100 million people were expected to attend the 55 day event in total. In February 2013 I spent several days at the mela, amazed and astounded by the sheer number of people coming together in faith. An experience that has made a lasting impression more than any other trip, hence the reason for choosing an image from this journey as my end of year image of the month.

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