Kumbha Mela| 1hr : 21mins
Director: Andre Vaillancourt | Producer: Golden Screen Enterprises
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: United States
The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu spiritual fair that takes place alternately every 12 years in the most sacred towns of Allahabad, Hardwar, Nasik and Ujjain in India at about 3 year intervals. The largest human gathering on earth, attracts an an estimated 100 million people in Allahabad and over 40 million in Ujjain , Other Kumbh Melas also count attendants in the millions. Spiritual leaders, holy men and every day people alike gather to bathe in holy bodies of water. Ascetics and sadhus cover great distances to attend this event where they meet others who come to share the knowledge acquired on the road to enlightenment. The pilgrims worship Vishnu, the Creator, Shiva, the Destroyer and Brahman, the All Pervading. Each uses a different path to reach liberation to be free from the constraints of this world. The Kumbh Mela is a temporary spiritual parliament that creates and destroys the largest city in earth that only lives 40 days. For all, bathing at the Kumbh Mela is considered a most auspicious act of fate and redemption. The dates and places of the Kumbh Mela are determined by alignments of planets according to vedic astrology.