Monday, 19. March 2007
The Kumbh Mela: An Indian Odyssey
After visiting the Kumbh Mela of 1895, Mark Twain wrote:
"It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites."
Photographer Prashant Panjiar documents the pilgrimage to Hindu's most sacred rivers, with audio:
The Kumbh Mela: An Indian Odyssey - a beautiful TIME Photo Essay.
Information on Ardh Kumbh Mela 2007
Video of nagababa procession and Ardh Kumbh mela 2007
Kumbha Mela - The world's most massive act of faith
by Jack Hebner and David Osborn.
The Lore of Kumbha Melas & Timeline
by Hinduism Today.