A few cautions

Well, the most perfect caution would be:

“Trust in the One Lord, even if things seem to go a little wrong. Don’t panic. All will be well” :-)

On a practical level, there’s a few things to keep in mind:

– the major bathing days can be very busy. If you arrive or leave on such a day or the day before such a day, be prepared to sweat! Other days should be more relaxed.
– as the main area is closed to traffic, be prepared to walk good distances. On normal days, this is no problem. On the busiest bathing days, it can take a loooong time to get anywhere, so try to go a bit before or after the huge crowds arrive. Or just be patient :-)
– not all baba’s and sadhu’s are perfect friends. Some of them can be quite “pushy”. Don’t feel bad for not talking to everyone. Saints and sages should understand your position. They will never feel they want something from you. Enjoy your time with the baba’s, but please don’t be afraid to follow your good intu├»tion. They are just people like you, after all.
– huge crowds have all kinds of people. Thieves and pickpockets will also be coming to the Holy Ground. Pray for them, but don’t pay for them! Keep an eye on your belongings. Keep your most important stuff in a safe place on your body. Bigger stuff can be left in a permanantly guarded tent in the camp.
beggars are a different case. You may both pray and pay for them, but don’t feel you have to.
– there are many police stations (thana’s) around. If you don’t find your way or you have another problem, you can go to them. They should be able to help you.
– if you’re taking photographs, please try to be sensitive to the feelings of your subject. Ask if you have any doubts.
alcohol and meat are totally banned at the Mela.
– for both women and men, it is best to dress modestly
women should be aware of the fact that some men can be easily “aroused”. Feel natural, but be careful, also with some of the baba’s.
– although many baba’s do smoke it and will offer it to you, the smoking of hashish is illegal in India. The physical effects of this drug can be quite strong. Not everyone reacts well to this. Don’t take unnecessary risks.
inform yourself. Print out a little map of Allahabad and the Kumbh area (there’s a link to a map in the section on how to get to the camp)
print out the information on our camp location (how to get to the camp)
– write down the following phone numbers to reach us: +919927248793 and +919639485125.

check this page and the other pages on the camp again before you set out. Maybe we have added some important information. Try not to miss it.

You can find many websites that have good information on the Kumbh. A few examples:
http://www.kumbhmela.org
http://kumbhmelaallahabad.gov.in

Know yourself to be the Eternal Peace in your own Heart. It is the best position for enjoying this Great Meeting.

All Blessings!


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