The MatuaMahaSangha,centered at Bongaon, North 24 Parganas in West Bengal, Eastern India, showcases unique traditions and practices stemming from a belief in the harmonious cultural synthesis of tradition and modernity. Essentially, a religious reform movement that originated a few hundred years ago, the close knit social group has been hailed as “a Living Culture” based on the Vaishnava traditions of medieval Bengal. Thakur Nagar is the epicenter of the MahaSangha, and the simplicity and minimalism espoused by this group and its beliefs/customs/traditions attract tourists and visitors from all over the planet.MatuaGeet encases musical creations and idealistic folksongs that resonate with the universal beliefs of humankind. The Baruni Festival is celebrated over two weeks at Thakur Nagar every year. The young man in the picture above is participating in a festival of faith as he undertakes a journey towards absolution.