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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 11, 2001: "I was less interested in spiritualism and more in adventure." So recalls Vijay Rana of BBC Hindi Service as he describes his attendance at the great Kumbh Mela two decades ago. Vijay describes the sheer joy of participating in the wave of human bodies drawing each soul towards a sacred dip at the auspicious time in the "Sangam." In this engaging first-hand account, Vijay shares his final mystical moment when leaving Allahabad. "It looked as if a pall of human heads had covered the ground. For the first time I saw the earth and sky not meeting on the horizon. It is an image still imprinted on my mind."