Mahakumbha In Search of the Nectar
Director : Bappa Ray
Duration : 48 minutes 1 second
Produced by IGNCA
Prayāga – modern Allahabad, known as Tirtharaj, is the place of the confluence of sacred waters, Pilgrimage to this place is equated with three million ten thousand pilgrimages. Mahākumbha, which takes place once in 12 years, is the subject of the film. It celebrates the occasion when millions of people took the holy dip, in search of nectar, in the year 2001. It explores the vast “Orality” of an internal agnihotra, a fiery sacrifice executed in the human body and mind and in the cosmic theatre of the universe. The file of tapas (penance) burns retas or soma (semen fluid) in the body of the human being, purges it of poisonous lust and turns it into the healing nectar of energy. The process is equated with the rotary cycle of waters, incited in the universe by the solar fire. The devotee substitutes a new, clean self for his old, unclean self through his ablution in the Mahākumbha.