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Research on Kumbh Mela Says It Can Teach Lessons of Harmony

Researchers from St Andrews and Dundee Universities say that Kumbh Mela holds the key to living together in harmony. The psychologists have completed a three-year study during the ongoing Ardh Kumbh Mela 2007.

The huge crowd, pollution and noise at Kumbh Mela should have increased the stress levels. But people became more orderly, supportive and generous according to Dr Clare Cassidy of St Andrews University.

She says “This is the opposite of a ‘walk on by’ society; it is a community where people are attentive to the needs of strangers.”

According to the researchers Kumbh Mela could throw light on how society works and the nature of collective participation.