An insider view of a dramatic Indian religious rite: Kumbh Mela

Since I am on the topic of James Mallinson, I missed a recent showing of  Mystical Journey: Kumbh Mela on the Smithsonian Channel.  But you needn’t worry. It’s coming again on December 2 at 3:00 pm, December 3 at 2:00 pm and December 12 at 1:00 pm:

West meets East when acclaimed actor Dominic West joins his childhood friend on a pilgrimage to Northern India and the biggest religious festival in the world, Kumbh Mela. Here, 100 million Hindus have gathered to wash away their sins in the holy rivers near Allahabad, on the banks of Sangam. It is also where Dominic’s friend Sir James Mallinson will be initiated into a senior role called a mahant. Follow these friends on this incredible two-week journey, and submerge yourself in the sacred waters and culture of this triennial celebration.

Smithsonian Channel trailers

YogaU Online writes about the show.

And YouTube has several videos on the topic of Kumbh Mela.