• Photographer
    Erberto Zani
  • Prize
    3rd Place / Architecture/Bridges
  • Company/Studios
  • Date of Photograph
    February 2013

Bridges in India during the last Maha Kunbh Mela, the biggest religious event in the world. Kumbh Mela means "gathering of the jug" and is the most important Hindu festival. It takes place on a twelve-year cycles in four different places where millions of faithful followers gather to perform the ritual baths in the cleansing waters of Gange. In the city of Allahabad, believed to be the main place, the pilgrimage and the related festivities are celebrated in the most solemn manner, the "Purna Kumbh Mela". Every 12 cycles, that is to say every 144 years, the Maha Kumbh Mela (Queen of the celebrations) takes place and is the greatest of all festivals. No event in the world can compete in size, dimension and fervor with this celebration of men and gods: the Maha Kumbh Mela is definitely the biggest event in the worldand the recent edition, which took place between January and March of 2013, recorded an impressive attendance of over 80 millions pilgrims who, during the 55-day festivities, have converged in the city of Allahabad. Next edition of Maha Kumbh Mela will take place on 2157.

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