a few coins on their battered palms the touch of hope the soothing balm searching for a lucky charm violence turbulence a few minutes silence eternal calm god protects him from harm humility adds some warmth
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Most of the beggars of India from all over the country converge at the Kumbh , as there is food everywhere at the Akhadas being distributed through the day , there is water , and nooks , corners to sleep, under the bridge or make shift beggar colonies on the outskirts of the ghats .
Money Alms is certain , people give generously for seeking salvation... kids get good money and the foreigners give abundantly , though they give more to shoot the naked naga babas on the road to the ghats.
The Naga Babas make money , and are on display no sartorial constrains..
A few foreigners gave me money too thinking I was a Baba but wondered why I was overdressed in clothes ... The money I got from begging with my Guru I handed over to my Guru..
I ate leftover food , and relearnt the meaning of Humility and Humanity.
I had carried only black clothes that I wear in personal life , or the tiger stripes , and so on the day of the Shahi Snan to make me fit in the crowd without cops hassling me for my camera , my Guru Shri Vijay Giri Maharaj made me wear a white dhoti, a red ghamcha as turban, and transformed me as a devotee ...I was barefeet from Sector 5 till the Sangam.. to make my new personna as a photographer change with the surroundings my Guru told me he would call me Mukesh .. which was fine with me and thus I captured the Shahi Snan up close , was not beaten by a crazy Naga Sadhu, he beat almost all the photographers , his way of baptizing with fire .
Above all as the UP cops totally draconian high handed insensitive were also beating the foreign and local photographers I dressed as a Sadhu was saved the ignominy.
Please dont ask me why Indian cops are so oppressive towards crowds , using their …
He is a Grahst Sadhu, a sadhu with family , wife children , grand children all living in a tent at Sector 5 close to the tent where I lived with my Naga Sadhu Shri Vijay Giri Maharaj Maha Kumbh,,
He left early in the mornings to assist devotees with rituals at the Sangam or the other various ghats at Allahabad.
It amazed me he was cheerful, but got angry when others who came to live in our commune dirtied the common toilet we shared .. he loved cleanliness .
He enjoyed my taking his pictures but insisted I come to his tent and shoot his Goddess Durga.
These are memories of the Maha Kumbh shot in color that I am processing as monochrome through a Flickr helpful application Aviary.. at first I did not like it but I am getting used to it, it makes my work easier and gives a new dimension to my color picture both as poetry or as thought.. reworked .