Mahakumbh through the lens

A wandering minstrel sings his song in the Mahakumbh of Aallahabad.
Photographer: Supriya Sehgal

Earlier in the month we had invited our readers to submit their photographs of the Mahakumbh. Quite a few of you had obliged and we put your submissions through a stringent selection process. What remained were the best of the best. Check it out for yourself:

Thousands of devotees throng the ghats to wait for a boat to the Sangam for the holy dip.
Photographer: Tanu Pradhan
Devotees pitch millions of tents by the Ganges turning the banks into a megacity of tents. This expanse of the Maha Kumbh city captured from the Varanasi Highway.
Photographer: Tanu Pradhan
The sacred books prescribe cleanliness not only of the soul but also of the body. Forever true to the good books, a sadhu gets his ears cleaned before the holy dip.
Photographer: Rammohan Paranjape
Even before the first light of the sun lights up the sky millions of devotees make their way to the ghats for the holy dip.
Photographer: Rammohan Paranjape
Various religious organisations run community kitchens for the entire duration of the Mahakumbh to feed the Sadhus. Here is one of the communal meals in progress.
Photographer: Rammohan Paranjape
A Naga Sadhu is all decked up and extremely pleased about it!
Photographer: Supriya Sehgal
The law makes its presence felt at the Mahakumbh
Photographer: Supriya Sehgal
Bliss of the dip.
Photographer: Supriya Sehgal
One of the many temporary pontoon bridges built to carry millions of pilgrims across the river.
Photographer: Supriya Sehgal