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A naga sadhu at Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, India, doing yoga and giving blessing with a feather duster to people who approach with donations. The sign says his name is Mahan Birij, welcome, and that he is the disciple of Sivaratri. The Kumbh Mela festival is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage held 4 times every 12 years, cycling between the cities of Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Hardiwar. Past Melas have attracted up to 70 million visitors. (Supporting image from the project Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.)

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A naga sadhu at Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, India, doing yoga and giving blessing with a feather duster to people who approach with donations. The sign says his name is Mahan Birij, welcome, and that he is the disciple of Sivaratri. The Kumbh Mela festival is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage held 4 times every 12 years, cycling between the cities of Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Hardiwar. Past Melas have attracted up to 70 million visitors. (Supporting image from the project Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.)