Sunday, June 10, 2007


The Kumbh Mela is a religious festival that takes place at the confluence of the sacred Ganges and Yumuna rivers. Ved Mehta uses it to reflect on the nature of Hinduism:
"The variety of religious men and women camped at the mela, who seem sometimes to agree on nothing except the importance of bathing in the rivers, reminds one that, in a sense, the Hindu religion can be defined only in terms of a region and its rivers."
-Ved Mehta, Portrait of India
The word 'Hindu' derives from the river Indus.

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