Join millions of pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges, Sangham, Yamuna or Sarasvati for the holy Hindu festival, Kumbh Mela. Over 55 days, you can wash away your past sins in the sacred Indian waters and seek enlightenment from revered sadhus (holy men). Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering in the world and rotates the location every three years, meaning the festival only occurs at one location every 12 years.
The festival kicks off on a date determined by zodiac positions of the sun, the moon and Jupiter - when the sun and moon enter Capricorn, and Jupiter enters Aries. Kumbh Mela has been described as ‘the world’s most massive act of faith’, - but the 'great' cleanse, Maha Kumbh Melis only occurs once every 144 years... stay alive until 2145 and you may just get to see it.