Stunning portraits taken in and around Haridwar and Rishikesh during the Kumbh Mela festival, March 2010.
One of the worlds largest festivals, the Kumbh Mela will often have millions of participants gather together for special ‘bathing days,’ on which they will ceremoniously dip into the holy river water.
This portraiture series features not only some of the unique looking ‘holy men’ that wander the banks of the Ganges but also many of the local community that live, eat, and pray alongside the holiest river in India…the Ganges.
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Naga Baba, one of the Naked Sadhus that wander and perform rites along the Ganges during Kumbh Mela.
(left) A woman carries a heavy load of firewood back to her camp; it will be used for a ceremonial Pooja. (right) Swami Yogananda just turned 102 and is active and spritely as can be, practing Yoga and breath work every day.
Rajendra, crippled from birth, has shifted from begging to taking computer classes.
Martin Prihoda is an editorial and advertising photographer born in Canada but currently residing in Mumbai. He is a regular contributor to Vogue, GQ and Harpers Bazaar as well as a large advertising client base. He is passionate about portraiture photography and his current project “Faces of the Kumbh” is a personal project featuring portraiture work in Rishikesh and Haridwar, North India. Visit his website.