Gopal Aggarwal recently returned home to Sugar Land from what may be the largest faith gathering in the world — the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage held every three years in India.

“Kumbh Mela is a wonderful, big festival of unity,” Aggarwal said. “I love it. It’s a wonderful blessing.”

He and his wife, Uma, were among more than 120 million religious devotees who headed to Prayagraj during the 48-day festival to participate in the sacred ritual of bathing in the Ganges River. 

Aggarwal recalled with wonder how a temporary city basically sprung up inside of Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad. Mystics and devotees alike chanted Vedic mantras, prayed and shared blessings, music and meals.