Maha Kumbh Mela Draws Over 40 Million Souls to Ganges In India

February 11, 2013

The bathing takes place at an area called Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna and a third mystical waterway called the Saraswati, in Allahabad in northern India. Devotees believe entering the mighty rivers cleanse them of sin and free them from the cycle of rebirth.

The population of the city increased from its normal 1.2 million to about 40 million on Sunday morning, with about 20 million packed inside the vast bathing area on the banks of the river, spokesman Ashok Sharma said.

The Chinese New Year is not the only event in Asia that falls on the Lunar New Year. The Kumbh Mela is celebrated in India along the banks of the sacred Ganges every 12 years and this year is no exception.

STREET I AM presents two videos on the subject. The first is a BBC report and the second a hand held phone cam view from a participant.



Frédéric BichetFrédéric Bichet Follow this amature French videographer as he journeys from tne train station through the streets and down to the river.