Maha Kumbh Mela: ecstasy of crowds
The Maha Kumbh Mela can be described as the Indian jubilee but it is an experience that goes far beyond our imagination, certanly it is the largest gathering of people in history of humanity. Its origin is lost in the Hindu sacred scriptures that tell of fights between gods and demons and of a drop of the nectar of immortality fallen at the intersection where the holy Ganges meets the Yamuna and the mythological Saraswati rivers. Since then, every 12 years millions of pilgrims and sadhus, the holy men of India, come in Allahabad to take a dip at the confluence of these holy waters to wash away the sins committed and to come closer to paradise. They come on foot from all parts of the country to form a huge human flow whobring life to a tent city that extends as far as the eye can see. The crowd is quiet, no one is pushing. Everybody is there just to reach the mother Ganga to bathe and to then burst into song and dance. Each one of them gets lost in the crowd and then struggles to recover their own individuality.
Photo project curator: Mavi Caracuta