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The documentary by Julienne Rathore on the excellent Culture Unplugged website focuses on the Naga (naked) Holy men of Juna Akhara culminating in the day of the great bath, this film gives an intimate impression of the world’s largest act of faith.

Synopsis: “Walking with the Nagas” gives an intimate impression of the world’s largest act of faith, the Kumbh Mela. The festival dates back to before Creation when Hindu Gods and demons were fighting in the celestial skies. In 2007, 70 million people made the pilgrimage to Allahabad in northern India for the Ardh Kumbh Mela. Bathing in the holy confluence of three rivers, the pilgrims cleanse their souls in search of spiritual enlightenment. The focus lies upon the Naga Sadhus, one of eight families of Hindu holy men. These warrior ascetics are an extremely reclusive family who have denounced all worldly ties and focus upon self-enlightenment through meditation. At the Kumbh, the Nagas lead the processions to the riverbanks for the sacred baths. Starting at midnight, the night is a freezing 3°C, but the Nagas persist, marching for endless hours, covered in no more than a thin layer of holy ash.

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Naga Babas (Holy Sadhus) Portraits, Maha Shivaratri
I met the two Naga Babas (naked Sadhus) in my ‘Portraits of a Saint’ gallery that I was fortunate to privately photograph, at the Maha Shivaratri in 2012.

Maha Shivaratri an annual Hindu religious and spiritual festival held in Girnar, near Junagadh in Gujarat, India.

Naga Babas are revered in India as Hindi Saints, Warriors with magical and mysterious powers. They smear their body with ash (vibhuty) as a sign that the body is merely ash. Naked smoking charas and tobacco in temporary tents representing ashrams many Sadhus show the strength of their muscles and sexual organ’s power by lifting huge stones and other Sadhus with their penis! View my gallery of photos from Maha Shivaratri and Kumbh Mela.

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Mark Coughlan Photography and travel blog is finally live!

After six months of toying with doing this site it’s finally complete!

Thanks in large to producing children the last few years have been pretty static with minimal opportunity to travel. Now with two beautiful daughters in tow and growing rapidly I’m starting to get itchy feet. I’ve a few short term and long term plans that I plan to share with you on here.

This website is two parts – First and in the main my portfolio of work from projects I have worked on and images from various travels around the world in the last 10 years of so.
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