If you’re a North American yoga practitioner, chances are you know somebody who has headed to India for Kumbh Mela, the Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which devotees gather to bathe in the confluence of India’s holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The gathering happens every three years at one of four places (which follow a rotation based on mythology and astrology). The 2013 event began on January 14 at Allahabad and peaked on February 10, when an estimated 10 million people bathed in the Ganges river.
IAYB was unfortunately not able to attend this year, but we’ve been watching the action develop via the Internet. This series on National Geographic lights our hearts and makes us wish we there.