I wandered the area, thrilled and mesmerised, making my way between these colourful folks. The sadhus are a diverse kind. According to Hindu mythology, at a time when the Gods still walked the earth, battles were waged between good and evil forces for the possession of amrita, a nectar, which bestowed superpowers and eternal life upon its drinkers. The amrita was produced and kept in a jug, kumbh, hence the name of the festival. To prevent the evil powers from seizing it, one of the good Gods stole the jug and flew around the world for twelve days (equal to twelve human years) to avoid attacks from the evil Gods. Whilst flying, four drops from the nectar sprinkled into four rivers on the banks of four cities: The Godavari at Nashik, the Shipra at Ujjain, the confluence of Yamuna, Sarasvati and Ganges at Allahabad, and the Ganges at Haridwar. These are the holy places that hold the Kumbha Mela mass gatherings every twelve years.
This photo was taken in a high iso and therefore it has a painting effect.