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India’s Kumbh Mela (Festival of the Pot)

A Photographic Exhibit of the World’s Largest Spiritual Pilgrimage

International Cultural Center through March 31

Reception on March 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Come enter the magical world of Kumbh Mela where the transcendent intersects with the mundane. Award winning National Geographic Creative Photographer Greg Davis captures the eternal mystery of faith in a series of twenty-four deeply riveting images now on display at the International Cultural Center through March 31.

Kumbh Mela Mohan's Offering
Kumbh Mela Nectar of Immortality

At the largest gathering of humanity on earth, 100 million pilgrims congregate at the confluence of three sacred rivers in India, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, to touch the divine and wash away their sins. Hindus believe if they bathe in the holy waters it will break the cycle of reincarnation and they will gain access to heaven. Through Davis’ insightful lens, we are able to tune out the noise of the masses and through the piercing gaze of a holy man feel the power of the spirit.

Please join us for a reception on March 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the International Cultural Center. There will be a presentation by Dr. Sankar Chatterjee, Paul W. Horn Professor of Geosciences, on the history of the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage and a showing the Greg Davis’ award-winning short film “Cloth Paper Dreams”, which documents the photographer’s Kumbh Mela journey.

Sponsored by a grant from The CH Foundation and supported by the India Association of West Texas.

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