The Kumbh Mela, the World’s Largest Public Congregation: A Paradigm for the Sustainable Use of Land

Sama Arekal, Subhay Baberwal  | 2023


Architect Subhay and Sama emphasizes the imperative of enhanced biopsychosocial considerations and policy implementations to safeguard the urban environment. Using India’s diverse cultural landscape as a model for intercultural harmony and sustainable practices, the article highlights the Kumbh Mela1 as a significant example of sustainable land usage. Proposing a shift towards ecological sustainability, the paper advocates for recognizing and regulating ecosystem services to benefit both people and the environment. Drawing inspiration from the Kumbh Mela, the paper encourages large-scale events to prioritize resource reduction, reuse, and recycling along with a redesign of contemporary public spaces, transforming them into multipurpose settings that foster healthy urban living. The article concludes by urging readers to assess the ecological impact of their decisions, promoting a conscious approach to land use and fostering a harmonious relationship between humans and the environment.