With the concept of selfie becoming so popular that it became the word of the year in 2013, the Kumbh Mela in Nashik has put up a banner declaring a ‘No Selfie Zone’ on August 29.
Such prohibition of selfie in selected zones and on specific days was th result of a “human behaviour study” conducted by over a 100 volunteers who warned officials that selfies could result in stampedes,particularly during the traditional Shah Snan.
“Since July 13, our volunteers on the field have been collecting data which showed that people stop to take selfies. They also climb to dangerous spots to take selfies,” said Sandip Shinde, CEO of Kumbhathon.
The ‘No Selfie Zone’ will be strictly maintained on September 13 and 18 in Nashik and September 13 and 25 at Trimbakeshwar,officials said.
Harvard University has added prestige and importance to the Indian heritage by publishing ‘Kumbh Mela – Mapping the Ephemeral Mega-City,’ a book that details about the brilliance with which Maha Kumbh Mela of 2013 was organised.
The studies were carried out by a team of 50 professors and students at the South Asia Institute of Harvard to learn about what makes this temporarily built city of pilgrimage a “megacity.” The book was launched this year, in 2016, on August 1, mentioned the TOI report.
India is one of the most culturally and spiritually rich nations of the world, where Eid, Diwali, Christmas and all festivals are celebrated with great zeal. With some celebrations lasting for days and months, the Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage of Hindu devotees that take a dip in the sacred rivers to wash off their sins. The Maha Kumbh Mela is a 55-day long confluence which is held periodically after every 12 years.
According to the TOI report, this 449-page book contains town planners, architectural and infrastructural plans of bigger cities than the mela, which locates the Kumbh Mela as a better-organised spectacle than Manhattan and FIFA World Cup held in Brazil in 2014. The book calls the confluence ‘more than mere a spectacle.’
“How more than 100 million come to a small place, stay there for 55 days, apart from a daily cycle of a crowd of nearly five million bathing at the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, meet each other, pray, join their gurus, camp with sadhus and ascetics and safely return to their native places are the things worth studying.”
– ‘KumbhMela- Mapping the Ephemeral Mega-City’
The Kumbh Mela of 2013 was organised in Allahabad under the government of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Yadav launched the Hindi translation of the book in Lucknow on Monday, August 1.
390 million of total calls and messages were sent and received over the period of the mela making it the largest usage of mobile phones in a concentrated area.
Total 146 million messages were exchanged and over 245 million calls were made.