Kumbh Mela festival, India

Kumbh Mela festival, India

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Caption: Kumbh Mela festival, India. Naked ascetic holy men, known as Nagas, by the banks of the Shipra River in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India, during the Kumbh Mela festival. Kumbh Mela is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage held 4 times every 12 years. Participants gather to cleanse themselves spiritually by bathing in the waters of India’s sacred rivers. It is one of the largest religious festivals on earth. From the book 'What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets' by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio.

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