Kumbh Mela, January 18, Diana Eck
Kumbh Mela, January 18
By evening the whole team from Harvard had assembled. I think there are about twenty-five of us in all. In the afternoon, the FAS and HDS student group who had been in Varanasi had a first glimpse of the huge expanse of the tent city, the Kumbh City or Kumbh Nagar and settled into our own tents. Then we took off to explore something of the Kumbh grounds –the wide main streets lined with the gateways and camps of the various religious sampradayas gathered under the banner of one of the many religious teachers; the much narrower lanes of the akharas, the camps of the ascetic orders of sadhus or sannyasis, and the broad sandy delta of the sangam of the Ganga, Yamuna, and Sarasvati Rivers, now relatively quiet as dusk fell.