Yoga session on banks of Ganges

1st Feb 2013

Tourists limbered up for a yoga session on the banks of the Ganges River in India in an effort to get in touch with their spiritual side.

As part of the week-long Hindu festival of Maha Kumbh Mela, which also involved ritual bathing and meditation, participants sat cross-legged and found their inner peace to connect with God.

Once every 12 years, tens of millions of pilgrims from all over the world flock to the city of Allahabad at the point where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet a third, mystical river, the Saraswati.

The festival, which ran from January 24 to 30, has its roots in a Hindu tradition that says God Vishnu wrested from demons a golden pot containing the nectar of immortality.

One of the participants, Ma Prem Chandni, a pilgrim of Iranian origin, said yoga had helped her steer clear of leading a materialistic life, and India is now a place where she regularly travels in search of spiritual solace.

She said: "I fell into the path of yoga in 2000, and immediately I woke up to something within myself that made me see the world from a different place. From that time onwards, I have travelled and come to India many times, bringing people with me, discovering more and more."

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