Haridwar, or the gateway to the abode of god, seems suspended in a web of time and misty space. The arclights are on the river now that it is being celebrated as part of the world's longest and most ancient river festival - the Mahakumbh Mela.
The holy bathing ghat at Har-ki-Pauri has a new attraction for the Kumbh - six new corrugated iron bridges built parallel to each other and painted bright orange. Seen from atop these bridges, the fast-flowing river is a study in contrast of colours - a pastel grey here, -- and there fired with sudden shafts of cobalt blue.
Image: Devotees taking holy dip in the river Ganges on the auspicious occasion of Mauni Amavasya during Maha Kumbh at the religious city of Haridwar on January 15, 2010.