Kumbh Images: The Kumbh is the largest gathering of humanity on Earth. The Kumbh speaks of an ancient living tradition, of time-honoured rituals, of a cultural heritage that lives and breathes through centuries of time. Some historians trace its origin to the 13th century, others to the 7th century.
The Kumbh Mela is anchored in Hindu mythology. It is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world. The Mela draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of approximately 55 auspicious days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati.
The forthcoming Kumbh at Prayagraj (Allahabad) begins in early January 2019. The preparation for the Kumbha begins early. Beside the banks of the river, the camps are set up through December.
Kumbh images by Alok Johri