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Kumbh Mela: Songs of the River

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Kumbh Mela: Songs of the River (2004)

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The 2001 Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India, was the largest gathering of humanity in recorded history. Lasting 44 days, it was not just the final Kumbh Mela in a 12-year cycle of festivals, but it was the final festival of 12 cycles – the conclusion of a 144-year cycle, making it “Maha” Kumbh Mela, or the Great Festival. An estimated 70 million people came from all over the globe to pray for peace and rebirth for themselves and the world.

Nadeem Uddin
English, Hindi with English subtitles

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Zeonsuki, posted on July 30, 2013

It is awe inspiring just to know that 70 million! people voluntarily gathered for the purpose of spiritual devotion and world peace, and that this is part of an ancient cycle, as alive today as hundreds (even thousands?) of years ago. We in the West hear so little of these amazing events. The film gives a sense of its vastness and the diverse expressions of devotion, some that appear quite eccentric and weird.
, often quite eccentric and even weird appearing.

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