A Boat Ride in the Kumbh Mela

Boating in the Yamuna

Boating in the Yamuna

The Kumbh Mela came and it went. And now it would come after 12 years, so that wait has started…

Not wanting to miss this holy event in Allahabad, I decided to do a one day visit just before the event ended. The first few weeks of the Mela was a complete madness…with millions of people coming for the holy dip and the camps of the Naga Sadhus taking up most of the mela ground. I had some of this madness during the Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain six years ago, when I couldn’t find any accommodation, or any vehicle that wasnt full. If that was crowded, I wondered how this would have been before my arrival. As I stood, now on an empty stretch of land, of what once was the Mela ground, I imagined a million people around me. At one point I missed the excitement…on the other I was happy not getting lost in a crowd.

I was staying across the Sangam, so took a boat to see the point where the waters of River Ganga and River Yamuna meet. I was told that there is also an underwater river called Saraswati that mixed with the other two. If it was there or not, this was a place to attain moksha. The images show the boat ride, culminating in a temporary platform of boats for pilgrims to take the holy dip.

Boating in the Yamuna 2

Boating in the Yamuna 2- The New Bridge in view

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Boating in the Yamuna 3- It is a hard job, but he got brownie points for taking pilgrims across the river

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Boating in the Yamuna 4- The Grand Viewpoint

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Boating in the Yamuna 5- Not only people, the birds came in large numbers

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Boating in the Yamuna 6- The Allahabad Fort in the background

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Boating in the Yamuna 7- Returning after the holy dip

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Boating in the Yamuna 8- Watch out, little bird!

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Boating in the Yamuna 9- When Yamuna meets Ganga!

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Boat Ride in the Yamuna 10- Missing the crowd on the ghat!

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Boating in the Yamuna 11- ever-ready to help!

Boating in the Yamuna 12

Boating in the Yamuna 12- Public pool? No, its the Ganga!

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