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Portrait from Maha Kumbh Mela

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Saying the world’s largest religious gathering doesn’t begin to cover the scope of this event. Over 100 million Hindus gather in Allahbad for the festival, with approximately half a million pilgrims camping on the festival grounds for the entire event. It is the largest migration of humanity on the earth.

Joshi Daniel Photography

MahaKumbh Mela is the world’s largest religious gathering and is held at Prayag every 12 years. The Kumbh Mela is considered to be an especially auspicious time to bathe in the holy waters of Sangam (confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati) in Allahabad (Prayag) for purification from sin.

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Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products early in life - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in her cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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