Author: Mark Tully
Richard Lannoy/Ashok Mahendra
Photographer: Richard Lannoy /Ashok Mahendra
Publisher: Indica Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186569227
Where the Ganges and the Jamna meet people from many, many different traditions of Hinduism come together. There will be many genuinely holy men, some charlatans, and some obscurantists. But the majority of those who come to bathe in the Sangam will be villagers. The Kumbh is an awe-inspiring demonstration of simple piety and a clear example of the power of myth.
This is a small book presenting the Kumbh Mela, the biggest religious festival in India. The renowned journalist Mark Tully, who has covered with the BBC and as a free-lancer the main events in the recent history of India, gives in his inimitable style his impressions of the Kumbh Mela held at Allahabad in 1989.