During this festival, Hindus bathe in the sacred water of Holy Rivers for purification. The timing of the festival is set according to the Hindu calendar, when the planet Saturn aligns with the sun and the moon. Months prior to the festival, a huge tent city is built along the holy river banks of the Ganges and the Yamuna which meet to create a sacred intersection. Makeshift streets, residential tents, food stalls, hospitals, temples, public toilets and police stations fill the area as far as the eye can see. The temporary hotels for tourists such as myself are a distinguished complex of tents with a main dining room for all, and two beds, a shower and a modest wardrobe in each tent. From my tent compound I could look out over the huge tent city stretching from the edge of the horizon to the other end. Every morning I roamed through these “temporary” city streets and around me, countless of pilgrims created a river of purpose-driven believers.
This photo was taken in a high iso and therefore it has a painting effect.