BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: South Asia
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Tuesday, 9 January, 2001, 14:47 GMT
In Pictures: Maha Kumbh Mela
The first of an expected 20 million Hindu devotees are arriving in Allahabad on the Ganges, which every 12 years hosts Hinduism's most important festival, the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival.

Naga sadhus form a procession as they make their way to one of the compounds near the Ganges
The Naga Sadhus, naked and ash-covered, are at the top of the hierarchy of holymen and will lead the bathing ritual

Hindu devotees arrive at Prayag in Allahabad ahead of Maha Kumbh Mela
Devotees arrive at Allahabad from all over India ahead of the festival which begins on Tuesday

Hindu women devotees wait for accommodation in Allahabad
A group of women wait for accommodation in the tent city of Allahabad

Holymen belonging to Shri Panchdasham Akhara in a procession outside the Mauj Giri Baba temple in Allahabad
Holymen belonging to Shri Panchdasham Akhara in a procession outside the Mauj Giri Baba temple in Allahabad

A Hindu holy man chants spiritual hymns at Babughat on the banks of river Ganga in Calcutta
A holyman who considers himself as the incarnation of Brahma, the Hindu god believed to have created the universe

A boy dressed as Hanuman, the monkey god, at Prayag
A boy dressed as Hanuman, the monkey god, begs from devotees waiting for accommodation

An entire temporary city of tents has sprung up and is being used to house the millions visiting
An entire temporary city of tents has sprung up and is being used to house the millions visiting

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

07 Jan 01 | South Asia
Millions flock to Hindu festival
20 Mar 00 | South Asia
In pictures: India's colourful festival
Links to more South Asia stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more South Asia stories