Words : Kharma Bums
In February of 2013 a team made up of four friends embarked on a journey of epic proportions. The team traveled to Allahabad, India for the Kumbh Mela festival, the largest gathering of human beings ever recorded. This auspicious gathering occurs once every twelve years and draws over 100 million pilgrims. By bathing at the confluence of India’s holiest, yet most polluted rivers , pilgrims seek to cleanse their karma in order to bypass reincarnation.
The Ganges (Ganga) – India’s most sacred river, originates in the pristine Himalayas, flows 1,500 miles across the Indian countryside and sustains millions of people. In the process it becomes one of the five most polluted rivers in the world.
Our objective was to attend the festival, walk with the masses, connect with the culture, and feel the power of one of the world’s “purest” paths to enlightenment. To do this we decided that we needed to fully experience life on the Ganges both at the festival and downriver. We embarked on a 140 mile Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) journey down the Ganges from the Kumbh Mela to India’s most sacred city, Varanasi.
Our Documentary “Kharma Bums,” will follow this four-week cultural journey of ups and downs, music and noise, dancing and splashing, as we uncover the beauties and realities of this sacred river.
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