They have used it for their agenda of stopping the namaz on the roads I did not shoot it for that purpose I dont politicize religion,, they have an issue they should ask their photographer to shoot it ,, you cant take my picture mention my name without taking my permission perhaps you dont know the basic ethics of blogging etiquette I have nothing against their agenda or their petition it is a free country all I know the namaz outside the Bandra Station on eid has been performed since ages ,, with due permission from the police and the concerned authorities ,,I dont want my picture on their website ,, simple .
This was perhaps the most strenuous , tiring shoot I was barefeet and limping with an injured foot I had walked over 4 km with this procession .. I had to keep pace with them and the most difficult part was not the Naga Sadhus but the cops deliberately pushing us away , and most of them were cadets cops from rural areas they just did not know how to take command , most of them were in awe of their new surroundings .,.but all in all this was a great shoot and from here the procession of the Naga sadhus moved to Neel Parbhat , the Nagas than took a dip in a small pond and the event came to a close ,, I trudged my way back I had neither eaten nor drunk water ,,, as I started walking back to Trimbakeshwar bus depot there was another huge procession of the Udasin and Khalsa Akhara coming towards the temple town so the bus service had been halted I shot this procession too and walked back to my Naga camp another 3 km away ,,,
Luckily one of my Naga Gurus deaf mute disciple cleaned my wound…
This was the most strenuous shoot much before the Shahi Snan , I followed the Naga Sadhu procession barefeet on an injured leg.. and I was thankful to have the company of my Facebook friend CS Shelare ..I shot this procession till the end at Neel Parbhat ,,
Walking back tired and in real bad shape near the Trimbakeshwar Bus Depot I met another Udasin Akhara procession , the buses too had been halted because of this new procession so I decided to shoot it too.
Perhaps because I was wearing Sadhu garbs while documenting the Nasikh Kumbh 2015 and perhaps because I looked more like a mystic than the mystics I shot ,,I got access to the inner being of my photography subjects ,, my camera did not bother them at all .
And as I was staying in a Naga Sadhu camp , made a big difference too I could walk into any tent ,, I also shot the camp of Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Dwarkapeeth Swami Swaroop Anandji..
Neither was I hassled by cops I spoke Marathi and they were extremely polite I always had a Press Card round my neck just in case ,,though I knew the Maharashtrian police cadre could not be as insensitive as the Malwani cops ,,
I was not very adventurous this Kumbh as I was at the Maha Kumbh Allahabad , that had a huge Juna Akhara at Sector 4 .. here the Juna Akhara was on Brahmagiri a long steep walk of 2.5 hours and Neel Parbhat ,, I had shot the latter ,,
My Tantric Guru Kapoor Khamakhya was at the Kumbh but we could not meet , he is the mos…
I had visited Tapovan the abode of the Vaishnav Sadhus .. colloquially called Bairagis ,, I shot a lot of them though I was here only for a few hours ,, but I was not excited as I was shooting the Naga Sadhus at Trimbakeshwar.. I got along well with them at the Sadhugram where I stayed with my Naga Guru Shree Vijay Giri Maharaj Triveni Juna Akhara 18 Madi I had become friendly with most of the Nagas who would pose for me and I found that the Maharashtrian Naga Sadhus were more cultured polite in their humility ..and followed the dictum of Devo Atithi Bahava ,,,Most of their followers were Maharashtrian farmers their wives who had come for far off areas to pay tribute to their Gurus and lived with them in their Tents .
My Naga Guru had disciples from Hyderabad , Mumbai Rajasthan Gujrat and more are expected to come before the Kumbh ends ..
Shree Vijay Giri my Naga Guru is from Karnataka ,,Mangalore and one of his disciples a young boy deaf mute would be at my beck and call, touching …
Nasik Kumbh Mela is celebrated when Jupiter and the sun falls on the zodiac sign, Leo. Find out information on Kumbh Mela Celebrations at Trimbakeshwar, Nasik.
Kumbh Mela is one of the hallowed festivals of India and is organized at a big scale. According to the scholars, it is believed that when Gods and demons were having fight over the nectar then Lord Vishnu flew away with the pot of nectar spilling drops of nectar at four different places; where we celebrate Kumbh melas, those places were Hardwar, Nasik, Ujjain and Prayag.
The celebration of Kumbh Mela depends on the position of Jupiter (Brhaspati) and the sun. When the Sun is in Aries (Mesh Rashi) and Jupiter in Aquarius, it is celebrated in Haridwar. When Jupiter is in Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi) and the Sun is in Capricorn (Makar Rashi), then kumbh is celebrated at Prayag. Mela is celebrated in Ujjain when Jupiter and the Sun are in Scorpio (Vrishchik Rashi). It is said that when the Jupiter and the sun falls on the zodiac sign,…