Another famous visitor from the West, who was fascinated by the Kumbh Mela, was Mark Twain. After visiting the Kumbh of 1895, he said, “It is wonderful, the power of a faith, that can make multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination, marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites.