The largest religious gathering of the world, named Kumbh Mela has been started in India as Millions of devotees took a holy dip at the Sangam — the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati rivers — on Tuesday morning (Jan 15). The ancient city in northern Uttar Pradesh state rises alongside the banks of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers.
The confluence of the three — known as Sangam — is considered especially holy and Hindus believe bathing there during the Kumbh helps cleanse sins and brings salvation. Organisers are expecting the enormous spiritual festival in Allahabad to attract more than 100 million devotees over the next 48 days, with seas of pilgrims camped by the riverside. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged devotees to participate in the Kumbh Mela, which is organised at a much wider scale this year than its previous editions, to witness India’s spiritual, cultural and social diversities.
“We help devotees get rid of their pains and troubles through our blessings, sacred ash, yoga, knowledge and wisdom,” said Prahlad Puri, a holy man with his long knotted hair tied in a bun. “We distribute food, we serve the poor.” “This pilgrimage gives me peace of mind and an opportunity to reflect on my life,” said Sangeeta Gangotri, a pilgrim who travelled 650 kilometres (403 miles) from Nagpur in western Maharashtra state to Allahabad.
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17 November, 2019