Siddharthas mother came in the 70s from Switzerland to India and married a yogi by the name of Prabhupada Acharya Surya Prakash (Prabhuji). After the birth of Siddharta they went for 5 years to Switzerland in Tägerwilen in the Thurgau. But in the opinion of his father Siddharta should become monk and study the holy scriptures of Hinduism. So he studied during 12 years and became a monk. Today Siddharta teaches in the Shri Kailas Ashram Brahmavidya Peetham (institutes of Vedantic Research and Studies) and looks after his blind and ill father Prabhuji on the bord of the Ganges.
Sunderlal and Vimla Bahuguna
Together with his wife Vimla, Sunderlal Bahuguna fights since more than 40 years indefatigably against the deforestation of the forests of the Himalaya and against the increasing obstruction of the Ganges by dams. He has participated actively with the independence movement and was strongly influeced by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent resistance. Bahuguna has already been several times on hunger strike to protest against the progressive deforestation and against the dam projects on the banks of the Ganges.
Dr. G. D. Agrawal
Dr. G. D. Agrawal (born 1932) is a respected doyen of environmental engineers in India. After a long career, he continues to teach and inspire students as an Honorary Professor of Environmental Sciences at the Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya, in Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh. He is notable for his successful fast in 2009 to stop the damming of the Bhagirathi River.
Narmada Devi Puri Ma
Narmada Puri came in the 1970s at the age of 24 from Germany to India. In Haridwar she met a yogi which became her teacher and whom she never again left till the end of his life in 2001. Since her arrival in India, she spent her life on the banks of the Ganga without returning ever again in her homeland. Today she lives in an Ashram near to Haridwar which is visited from numerous western spiritual seekers and yoga tourists.
Yogis and Swamis
Part of the film are among the main protagonists pilgrims, ascetics, yogis and monks which made a pilgrimage partly over 2’000 km to Haridwar to the Kumbha Mela or live on the banks of the holy Ganga.