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Kumbha Mela

How can one try to describe what Kumbha Mela is to someone who has never experienced it... perhaps in the same way that one can try to describe what sweet is to someone who has never tasted it.

I could have said that:

Kumbha Mela is the largest religious festival in the world, that it happens once every twelve years, and that it alternates between four locations where drops of the nectar of immortality are said to have fallen: Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. I could have added that the one held at Allahabad, the meeting point of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati rivers is the most important among all four.

I could have also said that over a hundred million... ONE HUNDRED MILLION people are expected during the fifty five days of the present Kumbha Mela (almost three times the entire population of Canada), or that an entire tent city has been constructed on the river bed at the meeting point of Ganga and Yamuna, in an area covering over 58 square kilometres.

It would have been impressive to say that more than twenty five thousand policemen are managing the security, or it might have been surreal to mention that the central Indian government allowed 10350 billion rupees (about 190 billion dollars) for the organisation of the event.

I could have said all these things, but I'll decide to take an other direction instead...

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