‘Don’t miss to take a holy dip in ‘Maha Kumbh’ with ABC on March 23’

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The Maha  Kumbh Mela in India is as mesmerizing as it is spiritual. It is considered to be the most auspicious mela and is held once every 12 years. It always occurs in Allahabad, as the confluence of the rivers there is considered to be particularly holy.

This ancient northern Indian festival is a meeting of mystical minds.  It is one of the largest religious gathering in the world,  and  brings Hindu holy men together to discuss their faith and disseminate information about their religion. It’s attended by millions of people each day.

For those living overseas, mere thought of attending a  festival with such a large crowd  bring a smile on their face and  obviously the belief that  taking a holy dip in Kumbh washes away all the sins, makes it more significant. Thousands of people from throughout the world make it to Kumbh Mela to get their share of blessings and Indians living overseas are also no less in this race.

ABC Compass will take you to the Maha Kumbh Mela for The Holy Dip on Sunday 23 March at 6.30pm

‘The Holy Dip’ – a film by Director Mark Gould on the Maha Kumbh Mela will give you a firsthand experience of the Maha Kumbh Mela  which is held once in 12 years in Allahabad .

The production crew includes Mark Gould, Ana Tiwary and Barry Nichols. Narrated by Geraldine Duologue, ‘The Holy Dip’ is a nice documentary based on Maha Kumbh Mela.

The documentary portrays three Australian families which make the confronting pilgrimage to the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of humans on the planet, where they plunge into a world record crowd of 30 million taking their Holy dip in India’s most sacred river, the Ganges.

This film tells the story of the most ancient religious event on Earth – with a modern Australian twist.  The producer follows two Hindu families and one non-Hindu family making the sacred pilgrimage to India – each with their own objectives.

The Misra’s want their adult children to reconnect with traditional Indian culture.

Pushpa Choudhari wants her teenagers to experience the Holy Dip amidst unbelievable crowds, as she did when growing up in Allahabad.

The Turner family want to take their young family on a cultural adventure, build a boat and meet people through rowing pilgrims around the Ganges.

So all the three families were having their own objectives of attending the Maha Kumbh but what unites them is their faith in this holy dip.

Speaking about the Maha Kumbh, Mark Gould says, “It was a mind-blowing event, well organised and peaceful with millions of people united by one common purpose and that was to   dip in Mother Ganges.

“Each family fulfils their dream and reflects deeply on the spirit of modern Hinduism in this ancient Holy Festival,” says Mark.

So don’t miss the opportunity to  take a holy dip in Maha Kumbh with ABC on March 23 at 6:30 PM.

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