River Ganga at Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar Photo journal

Anisha Sharma
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River Ganga at Ram Dham ghat, Niranjani Akhara Road, Haridwar

Sunrise over River Ganga, Ram dham ghat, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

This is a sunrise in early February, 2010 at Haridwar. The Mahakumbh mela is on here on the banks of River Ganga. The Mahakumbh mela is the oldest and largest congregation of people anywhere in the world. There's a festive spirit in the air as sadhus, seekers and tourists rub shoulders here.

Har ki Pauri, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Ganesh ghat, opposite Niranjani akhara panchayat on Niranjani Akhara Road, Haridwar

ganesh ghat, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

This ghat is open to everybody, all the time. It is used for bathing, chanting, meditation and washing clothes.

Gabga at Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Haridwar is all clean and beautiful in readiness for the Mahakumbh celebration which takes place once in 12 years.

Niranjani akhara panchayat

Niranjani akhara panchayat, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Camping site: Niranjani akhara sadhus

Niranjani akhara camp, Har ki Pauri, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Ready for evening arti in their tent

Sadhus in Niranjani akhara chhaavni/camp, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

A view of Har ki Pauri in the afternoon

Har ki Pauri, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Birds!

Birds at Har ki Pauri, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Hill mynas, pigeons, black cormorants, wagtails and crows are quite at home in and around the Ganga, even when people are close by.

Masala-Lemon tea by Subhash Roy

Lemon tea by Subhas Roy at Har ki Pauri, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Subhash Roy's masala-lemon tea for Rs. 4/- a cup was great! He is on the move, but the tea is hot and a hot-seller too in Haridwar's Moti Bazar.

Puri-kachori at Har ki Pauri :-)

Khasta kachori at Har ki Pauri, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Chole-bhature or Puri-alu at Rs. 28/- are good here. Malpua-halwa for Rs 15/- plate could have been better had it been cooked in pure ghee.

Har ki Pauri, Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

The temple of Mansa Devi, is visible in this picture taken from Har ki Pauri. It is in the clouds to the left of the pole. The ropeway trolley is a quick way to get there.

Security, security…

Lifeguards at Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar, India

Lifeguards keep watch near this bridge. There are many new bridges, built especially for the Mahakumbh mela.

The first shahi snan is on Mahashivratri and the last shahi snan is on 14th April. Be there :-) and get a feel of the spirited mela.

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