This year's Kumbh Mela celebrations, held along the banks of the River Godavari at Nashik, saw thousands of devotees engaging in a peculiar sight: taking selfies during the festivities. Organisers have even marked 'selfie-free zones' to prevent people from taking pictures of themselves in potentially unsafe areas, such as near ghats.
The Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith which centres around the ritual of bathing in a sacred river. It is held every three years at one of four locations which rotates: Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain.
A devotee takes a selfie at this year's Kumbh Mela in Nashik (HT Photo)
Two devotees take a selfie after submerging themselves in the River Godavari (HT Photo)
A priest dressed as Lord Hanuman poses for a selfie at this year's Kumbh Mela (HT Photo)
Organisers of the Kumbh Mela have created special no selfie zones at this year's celebrations (HT Photo)
A family of devotees pause to take a selfie at a ghat in Nashik (HT Photo)