Bridge Crossings – the Hindu Holy Festival Kumbh Mela

Bridge Crossings – the Hindu Holy Festival Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela Pontoon BridgesSeen here are eight of the ten pontoon bridges pilgrims use to cross the Ganges River in Allahabad in northern India during the Kumbh Mela Festival, which is held once every twelve years at the confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges, and mythical Saraswati rivers, a site known as the Sangan. Tens of millions of worshipers come to bath in the holy waters here to wash away their sins.

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Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Wow, a great photo and a fascinating description. Thank you 🙂

    1. Thank you Sas. Hope to delve deeper into this fascinating event in future posts.

    1. Thanks Z. I hope to continue to “peel back the onion” in future posts. It is all so fascinating and complex.

  2. Wow! What an incredible sight…..and you captured it for us all to see 🙂

    1. Thank you for you comment. Stay tune – there will be more!

  3. Fantastic, Ron! So these are only constructed for the festival? Superb!

    1. Hi Jo. Yes the pontoon bridges were constructed just to get the people across the two rivers.

  4. Fantastic shot, and I really love the header shot too

    1. Thanks Tina. It is impossible to show the enormity of the event but I hope that helps a little.

  5. Great viewpoint. Did you happen to be there when that tragedy happened?

    1. Thanks. Yes we were there. The stampede took place at the railway station some miles from the festival site. We didn’t know about it until the next day. Very sad.

  6. what a great capture — so unique!

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