Mapping the Kumbh Mela

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Varanasi, January 17, Ready for the Kumbh Mela, Diana Eck

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Boat on Makar SankrantiOn the Terrace, Ganges ViewBreakfast at Ganges View Guest House Ready for the Kumbh MelaCentral Flower Market, VaranasiRachel at the Central Flower Market

We have had five days in Varanasi walking up and down the Ganga riverfront, discussing the state of the river with Veerbhadra Mishra of the Sankat Mochan Foundation, visiting the central flower market, and generally getting more familiar with the ritual and commercial life of a dense urban city. Everyone is still in good health and excited about the days ahead. Tomorrow we leave at 7:00 a.m. for the sandy flats of the Kumbh Nagar, the city that has been constructed at the confluence, the sangam, of the rivers in Allahabad.  We’ll meet our other colleagues there tomorrow evening. Wishing well to all, Diana Eck

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Written by dianaeck

January 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Posted in All, Photos, Religion, Varanasi

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