Kumbh Mela - "The Gods Must Be Proud"

Namaste. Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India. February 2013. The largest human gathering on earth. The sacred Sangam is the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in Hindu mythology - Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. It is believed that it is at the Sangam, that a few drops of the nectar 'Amrit Bindu' fell, making its waters truly magical. It is during the festivals of Kumbh Mela and the Ardh Kumbh that the Sangam truly comes alive, attracting the devout from all across the country. I had the great opportunity of visiting the area through the last week of the festival. And I have to say that the spirit of the Mela was simply contagious. Millions of people living and sharing the sandy space in peace and harmony, is something that many other human beings around the world should learn about. Among the huge crowds I never saw a signal of aggression or disturbance amongst them. Everybody was looking for redemption. It's believed that having a bath in the holly waters forgive your sins and for another 88 generations. Truly amazing. It's said that a photographer can only capture what is in front of his camera. This is part of what happened in front of mine. Images have been included in chronological order, following my own footsteps. The Gods must be proud of such a demonstration of unconditional faith. Carlos de la Rúa

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