Ganga Sagara Mela
On January 13th, 1976, Srila Prabhupada was visiting the Calcutta Hare Krishna temple on Albert Road. With him was his disciple Hari-Sauri dasa, who writes about that year's Ganga Sagara Mela:
"Today was Ekadasi, and Srila Prabhupada took his morning walk along the Ganga. Hundreds of pilgrims were taking a dawn bath there, having come for the Ganga-Sagara-mela. Prabhupada explained that sagara is the sea, so the mela is a spiritual gathering on an island in the Ganga's estuary.
Evidently eager pilgrims had traveled from as far away as Rajasthan in the northwest. They camped along the banks of Mother Ganga, washing their few possessions, as well as themselves, in the holy waters, unmindful of the boats and other river traffic passing by. They sat contentedly on the pathways cooking breakfast and drying out their clothing.
Noting the shining lota (combination waterpot and drinking vessel) one man carried, Prabhupada remarked that if even the lota is so clean, we can understand how clean he must personally be.
Prabhupada also recalled how he and his mother had bathed in the same spot when he was a child. "
Read more in Hari-Sauri's biographical series on his travels with Srila Prabhupada, Transcendental Diary