indian army elite commandos patrolling sangam at kumbh mela 2013 (india)

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indian army elite commandos patrolling sangam at kumbh mela 2013 (india)

Indian army elite commandos patrolling the crowd of Hindu pilgrims gathering before dawn on the bank of the Ganges river, near the Sangam, during the Kumbh Mela 2013 festival near Allahabad (India)

The Triveni Sangam is the confluence of the Yamuna and the Ganga (Ganges) rivers, and this is the holiest place to take the ritual baths during the Kumbh Mela.­

This was the early morning of January 27 (a full-moon night, called Paush Purnima), one of the most auspicious mornings for taking the holy bath.­ After a 7 km night walk, I arrived at the Sangam area at about 3am, early enough to be well positioned to take a few good photos in this gigantic crowd.­ The yellowish color is caused by the dim sodium-vapor street lights.­

Kumbh Mela is the largest festival on Earth, taking place once every 12 years, with more than 50 million Hindu pilgrims gathering to pray and bathe in the holy Ganges river.­

A K singh
AK-47
AKM
army uniform
commando
crowd control
guns
hindu
indian army
INSAS rifles
kumbha mela
law enforcement
M K rai
maha kumbh mela
men
military
mohammad shahzad
night
patrol
paush purnima
pilgrims
soldiers
squad
street lights
triveni sangam
women
yatris
January 27, 2013
Kila Marg, Kumbh Mela Area I, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211005, India