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Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela (2004)

 -  Documentary  -  11 May 2004 (USA)
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Every 12 years over 70 million pilgrims gather at the meeting of India's holiest rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, for a spectacular spiritual festival: the Kumbh Mela. This documentary ... See full summary »

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Every 12 years over 70 million pilgrims gather at the meeting of India's holiest rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, for a spectacular spiritual festival: the Kumbh Mela. This documentary takes a voyage of discovery through this colorful event through the eyes of several Westerners and an ebullient young Hindu monk, Swami Krishnanand. Featuring encounters with some of India's most respected holy men and exclusive footage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Written by Anonymous

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The biggest gathering of people in the history of humanity

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Beautiful film of an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event.
30 October 2004 | by (Hood River, OR) – See all my reviews

This documentary takes you into the heart of the Kumbh Mela--a strangely beautiful festival in India. It's the next best thing to being there yourself.

The filmmakers do a good job of showing all aspects of the event (the good, the bad, and the ugly), without judging. They act only as observers and leave the viewer to draw their own conclusions.

Still, one can't help but come away with a feeling of hope for humanity. Some of the subjects appear to be "religious phonies", while others dispense sage words about life. But it's clear overall that most everyone there has a real desire for worldwide peace and unity--something that is sadly scarce in the modern world.

Highly recommended!


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