National Geographic : 2014 Feb
story name here 127 all 14 sectors of the Kumbh mela site occupy some ten square miles. The white box marks the area shown in the satellite images above. john Tomanio, ngm sTaff; farhana hossain. saTelliTe images: digiTalglobe sources: souTh asia insTiTuTe, harvard universiTy; allahabad Kumbh mela adminisTraTion 1 5 2 4 3 6 0mi 0.1 0km 0.1 YamunaGangesGanges The same view in February 2013 during the mela. YamunaGangesGanges 1 The sangam, or sacred confluence of the ganges and yamuna rivers 2 most popular ghats, or entry points to the water, closest to the sangam 3 The main procession path to the sangam 4 a total of 18 pontoon bridges are floated into place on the ganges. 5 The “city” is divided into 14 sectors, each with its own hospital, police station, roads, and power supply. 6 about four miles from the sangam is the allahabad railway station, where 36 pilgrims were killed in a stampede on an overcrowded platform.