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Pilgrimage and Power: The Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, 1765-1954

Kama Maclean


This book is a historical study of the largest pilgrimage festival in the world, the Kumbh Mela. Focusing on the festival in a key northern Indian political town, Allahabad, the book traces the historical changes in the nature of the mela from the 1700s onward, with particular reference to the influence of British colonialism and the growth of Indian nationalism in the region. It charts the early nationalists' active construction of religion as a sphere of sovereignty, and the attendant changes to religious and social practices at the mela. Further, the book traces the links between the relig ... More

Keywords: Kumbh Mela, Magh Mela, Allahabad, Hindu pilgrimage, communication mechanism, religion, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195338942
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kama Maclean, author
Lecturer of South Asian and World History, at the University of New South Wales, Australia
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