With a population of 1.2 billion, India is a pretty crowded country. The Hindu Festival of Maha Kumbh Mela was always going to get an impressive turn out especially as only occurs once every 144 years. It was estimated that 120 million people gathered at the meeting of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers when the festival happened in 2013, with 30 million on just one day.
This mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith, where people gather to bath in a sacred river, saw crowds congregate by the water’s edge, arriving by car, bus and boat. Rufus Blackwell’s video, with the fitting and dramatic title of ‘The Greatest Gathering of People Ever on Earth!’, perfectly captures the animated and excited energy of the throngs of people.