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Kumbh Mela

   
A Bandhara is a feast where
Sadhus are fed for free.   
         

 View the video of a Bandhara
 at the Kumbh mela in Ujjain


The ghats, the bathing area
at the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain.

   View a video of the
   Kumbh Mela at Nasik


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The Kumbh Mela is the greatest spiritual gathering on earth. It takes place every 12 years, at 3-4 year intervals, alternately in four holy cities in India: Haridwar on the Ganges, representing the North, Nasik on the Godavari river, representing the South, Allahabad or Prayag at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, representing the East and Ujjain on the Shipra river, representing the West. Crowds ranging from 30 to 70 million people gather to bathe in the holy rivers as an act of faith and redemption. Sadhus, Hindu renunciates, sages and seers and their devotees travel from all corners of the country to honor this ancient tradition in these mystical, improvised cities that only live for 40 days. Filmed during the Maha (great) Kumbh Mela at Allahabad in 2001, the Kumbh Melas at Nasik in 2003 and at in Ujjain in 2004 and at the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela in Haridwar in 2004, this film takes us inside the event and reveals the intricacies of what goes on in the daily lives of the people who gather to populate these magical, improvised cities.