This issue of the Gaudiya Touchstone's cover story is Kumbha-Mela, the world's largest act of faith. During January/February of this year news media across India and around the world turned their attention to the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mystical Saraswati rivers at Allahabad, the stage of the Kumbha-Mela. An estimated 100 million devout pilgrims and onlookers attended Kumbha-Mela. Our staff writers and photographers were there and now bring you Kumbha-Mela, in full color.
Published here for the first time is an article from 1930 reporting on Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura's visit to Prayaga, a translation from the original Bengali.
Transcribed from a lecture given at Kumbha-Mela in 1977 our acharya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada describes Who is a Mahatma' and lays bare the fact that only those who know Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead are true mahatmas.
Sea monsters from Earth's ancient past are talked about in the article Makara-Myth or Fact and in Has Science Failed Us, Swami Vishnu points to some interesting facts and raises some interesting questions for the scientifically minded.
Dominique Amendola has written an excellent article informing us of the history and uniqueness of Hoysala Architecture. While Priyanana continues to look out for our health and well being in her well researched article Fluoride in Water, something that every sober individual should be aware of.
And to top it off Priyanana shares some of her most delicious desert recipes in Culinary Magic. If you have a sweet tooth, then try these recipes, both healthy and satisfying.
This issue of the Gaudiya Touchstone has something for everyone.
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