The Kumbha Mela occurs every 12 years in Allahabad, North India and is the largest pilgrimage festival known to man.
According to ancient Hindu tradition, bathing here at the confluence of the 3 sacred rivers (Ganges, Yamuna, and the invisible Saraswati) will purify the body and the soul and leave one free from the continuous cycle of birth and death.
It is a great roving festival that has moved around India for more than four thousand years, erecting temporary cities along the Ganges River where millions of Hindu faithful gather to wash away their sins in the holy waters.
The Kumbh Mela is the "Festival of the Urn" that pours out the nectar of immortality.
This 144-year buildup of spiritual meaning made it a powerfully auspicious time for pilgrims to bathe in the Ganges.
Even the planets and stars joined in, providing heavenly alignments not seen for 144 years. East joined West with the coinciding advent of the 21st Century in 2001.
People came from all over the globe to pray for peace and rebirth for self and the world, truly a meeting of ancient and future in a remarkable moment.
This Maha Kumbha Mela drew an estimated 70 million people over 44 days, making this the largest single gathering of humanity in recorded history.
Information About Allahabad, India
Altitude : 322 ft.