Women at Kumbh Mela

“Bro you look so tired, are you sure you had a great trip?” “Did you get any blessings from Sadhus?” “You had any spiritual awakening?” – it was a tough task to handle the bombardment of questions from my friends at office and I was struggling to answer them with a random combination of “Yes” and “No”s.  The reason for their excitement is that their best friend is back to office after participating in (or rather visiting) Kumbh Mela at Nashik. Kumbh Mela is one of the largest peaceful gatherings of humans.

The common question everybody asked was whether I met any Naga Sadhus or Aghoris and I had to disappoint them with a NO. Kumbh Mela lasts for around 3-12 months, but these Sadhus will come out to take Snan (holy bath) only on specific dates.  Rest of the time, they will be in their designated camps which is few kilometers away from the bathing Ghat. And my visit coincided with none of those dates.

I was not disappointed as it gave me an opportunity to look at Kumbh mela with a new perspective. I noticed that this mega event was not a men-only affair. I also felt there was no gender discrimination. And I guess I managed to break away from taking stereotypical photos of the Kumbh Mela. I hope the photos will provide justice to the title of this post.

I spent my first day at Ram Ghat in Panchavati. I saw plenty of Sadhvis there. They were all happy and were sitting along with other Sadhus.

Kumbh Mela, Nashik (5)
Woman drying cloths at Kumbh Mela

The next day, I traveled to Trimbakeshwar. There I couldn’t meet any Sadhvis, instead I met these roadside vendors. I must say it was a monopoly of women flocks.

So are you planning to visit the next Kumbh Mela which will be held at Ujjain? 🙂

Before arriving at Nashik, I spent couple of days at Mumbai. You can find all my Mumbai travelogues here.

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