Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage

I made this video at the entrance to Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s camp at Kumbh Mela* in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India, on May 15, 2016. I spent 10 days in the camp with 3,000 to 4,000 other people. (The total fluctuated over a period of 21 days.) On some days over 100,000 people visited the temple shown on the right. Many of them also received free food and/or medical treatment.

*Kumbh Mela means ‘Pitcher Festival’. According to legend, Vishnu deposited drops of Amrita (the drink of immortality) in four places, including Ujjain, while transporting it in a pitcher.

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