Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival: largest in world

The most sacred of all Hindu pilgrimages is taking place later this month. It's called Kumbh Mela, takes place in Allahabad and Haridwar and is probably the largest gathering of people in the world (over 10 million are expected this month). It takes place every 12 years and during the 55 day festival over 100 million people are expected to visit the cities.

Here's a video clip from Aljazeera and here is a story from the BBC.  Mark Tully, who wrote the BBC story remarks:" I have seen vast crowds assemble but none as big as the millions who flocked to the north Indian city of Allahabad to bathe at the confluence where the cloudy waters of the river Ganges meet the blue waters of the river Yamuna on the most auspicious day of those Melas."

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