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Awaiting the charge into the Ganges

  
 
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There are special bathing days during the Kumb Mela where the holy men lead a huge procession through the festival grounds to the banks of the Ganges river where the holy men dunk themselves into the river followed by the rest of their disciples and other pilgrims in turn. I attended this special bathing day, getting into the Ganges river at around 5:00 waiting for the procession. That day an estimated total of 40 million people dunked themselves into the Ganges...something that really cannot be described in words.

These holy men are awaiting the signal to allow them to enter the Ganges.









Aug 31, 2021 at 04:37 PM
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Marvelous pictures chez.


Aug 31, 2021 at 06:55 PM
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Jeez Chez, don't the women do this too?!?!
John



Aug 31, 2021 at 10:17 PM
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Absolutely incredible photograph.


Aug 31, 2021 at 11:09 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Awaiting the charge into the Ganges


Wow what a shot, and thanks for the description.

Cheers Ray



Sep 01, 2021 at 06:30 AM
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JohnSil wrote:
Jeez Chez, don't the women do this too?!?!
John


Sorry, but even said in jest that comment cheapens a spectaluar shot of a cultural moment.



Sep 01, 2021 at 07:55 AM
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JohnSil wrote:
Jeez Chez, don't the women do this too?!?!
John


Actually there are female sadhu's ( holy men ) and they lead the same lifestyle as their male counterparts but cover their bodies with a yellow wrap even when bathing in the Ganges.



Sep 01, 2021 at 09:53 AM
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Another excellent and interesting shot, esp. with your good description.


Sep 01, 2021 at 01:27 PM
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Jim Dockery wrote:
Another excellent and interesting shot, esp. with your good description.


Thanks Jim, glad you like it. I hope a little description gives a peak into what was occurring before me.



Sep 01, 2021 at 03:41 PM
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Powerful image, thatís for sure, Harry! YGMV!

Joshua



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Great shot. Thanks for sharing


Sep 11, 2021 at 12:59 PM
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Can't stop looking at this image. The faces, their expressions and the obvious tension of what's to come. Awesome shot Harry!

Greg



Sep 11, 2021 at 08:48 PM
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Actually there are female sadhu's ( holy men ) and they lead the same lifestyle as their male counterparts but cover their bodies with a yellow wrap even when bathing in the Ganges.

Patriarchy at work as usual. Good photo.



Sep 13, 2021 at 12:22 PM
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This is really wonderful. You can feel the anticipation.


Sep 14, 2021 at 10:33 AM
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Great photo!


Sep 14, 2021 at 09:44 PM
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Such a fine photograph of the human condition here. Is it reasonable to imagine that the same ritual, photographed decades ago, would be quite similar, aside from individuals shown?

Subjects were pleased to be photographed, mixed feelings? How, if I may ask, were you granted *credibility* to photograph a ritual of this importance?

A memorable image, Chez.

John Caldwell
Pittsburgh, PA



Sep 15, 2021 at 03:59 PM
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John Caldwell wrote:
Such a fine photograph of the human condition here. Is it reasonable to imagine that the same ritual, photographed decades ago, would be quite similar, aside from individuals shown?

Subjects were pleased to be photographed, mixed feelings? How, if I may ask, were you granted *credibility* to photograph a ritual of this importance?

A memorable image, Chez.

John Caldwell
Pittsburgh, PA


I'd say the same ritual was around many hundreds of years ago...not just decades.

I had a guide that helped me through the details of what can be photographed and what is off limits. I was surprised by the openness of the holy people with respect to be photographed. They at times went out of their way to accommodate me. I always gave some some small amount of money as they live a life where they rely on others for their survival, some of them living isolated for the majority of their lives.

For this photograph, I waited ( along with other photographers ) about 1.5 hours in the freezing Ganges river while the procession of holy people paraded towards the river. This image was taken somewhere around 6:00am just before they all stormed the water. To be at this site at 6:00am, you either had to stay up all night waiting on the festival grounds ( I actually spent the night with a group of disciples and a holy man, sleeping around their fire ), or you would have to get up very early and walk in the 12km or so which with the crowds would take most likely 4 to 5 hours.

I spent a total of 5 days at the festival and can't wait until this damn Covid virus is controlled so I can go back to other festivals and spend more time. I'm totally fascinated in the culture, customs and history.

Here is an image that I got walking in the Ganges amongst the holy men during their rituals. They are so focused on their ritual, they don't even see anything else around them.









Sep 15, 2021 at 05:47 PM
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Grateful for this background, Chez. Im sure I'll never have an experience like this, other than through images such as yours.

John-



Sep 16, 2021 at 05:18 AM
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Looks like something that belongs in the history books. Beautifully done in B&W.


Sep 16, 2021 at 11:20 AM
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Wow! Amazing photo!


Sep 16, 2021 at 11:39 AM
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