CONTENTS:- Prologue; Origin of the Kumbh Mela; Sinhasta Kumbh Mela; Ram Ghat; Tapovan; Sadhus & Sects; Trimbakeshwar; Brahmagiri & Godavari; Epilogue; Kumbh Mela-A Window of Hinduism; Places to Visit; Other Information; Glossary; Photo Credits; Acknowledgements.
Once every twelve years the planets align in a configuration eagerly awaited by milions of devotees. It is time for the Nashik Kumbh Mela-a gathering of sadhus, saints, pilgrims and tourists who congregate for a deep in the waters of one of India's holiest rivers. The very act of setting out for the Kumbh, the journey, the austere, often difficult stay, all cluminated in this holy dip, which the faithful believe will wash away their sins. The Kumbh Mela at Nashik is held of the bank of the sacred Godavari in the thick of monsoon. The rain, river and wind gods, and the entire Hindu pantheon, are believed to be present at his time to bless the devout.