River Ganga at Mahakumbh mela 2010, Haridwar Photo journal
River Ganga at Ram Dham ghat, Niranjani Akhara Road, Haridwar
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.
Ganesh ghat, opposite Niranjani akhara panchayat on Niranjani Akhara Road, Haridwar
This ghat is open to everybody, all the time. It is used for bathing, chanting, meditation and washing clothes.
Haridwar is all clean and beautiful in readiness for the Mahakumbh celebration which takes place once in 12 years.
Niranjani akhara panchayat
Camping site: Niranjani akhara sadhus
Ready for evening arti in their tent
A view of Har ki Pauri in the afternoon
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
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 :-)
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.
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.
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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