Making the Colonial State Work for You: The Modern Beginnings of the Ancient Kumbh Mela in Allahabad

  title={Making the Colonial State Work for You: The Modern Beginnings of the Ancient Kumbh Mela in Allahabad},
  author={Kama Maclean},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={873 - 905}
  • Kama Maclean
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
It is widely believed that the Allahabad Kumbh Mela is an ancient religious festival or that it is “ageless”, that its roots lie obscured in time immemorial. Editorials and articles in the press at mela time (every twelve years) lyrically emphasize the continuity of the pilgrimage throughout India's past, find inspiration in its durability and changeless character, and marvel at the anachronism of an ancient festival thriving in the modern world (“The Kumbh Mela”, Pioneer, 17 February 1918… 

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