The Kumbh Mela in Allahabd India takes place every 12 years and is the largest gathering of humans on earth. There was a recorded 40 million pilgrims in 2001 and estimates put the 2013 gathering at 100 million participants over a 2 month period.
My friend Sarah and I made the 3 day journey from Mysore to Allahabad to join in the first days of the gathering. We were kindly hosted by the lovely Swami Nardanand at his Siddha Ashram camp.
The photos we took on Sarah’s point & shoot cannot convey the immense energy that this sacred site at the confluence of 2 holy rivers produces. This was a truly magical and unforgettable part of my Indian journey, well worth the freezing temperatures and the delayed trains in an arduous cross country journey.
Train waitings…12 hour delays, missed connections, keeping the spirit alive.
For 2 north Americans spoiled by living in the sub-tropics we were pathetically unprepared for the freezing weather in the North. Wearing everything I brought with me all at one time had me mistaken for a Baba on more that one occasional.
An incredible 30 square km makeshift tent city on the banks of the holy Ganga. Bridges, water, sewage, electricity exisitng only for this holiest of holy events.