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Grafik mit Angaben zum Kumbh Mela Fest.


Hindus versammeln sich für größtes Fest

January 15, 2019 - Mehr als 120 Millionen gläubige Hindus besuchen die nördliche Stadt
Prayagraj (früher Allahabad) für das größte religiöse Fest am Zusammenfluss von Ganges, Yamuna und dem mythischen Saraswati.

The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu sadhus, or holy men, and other pilgrims at the confluence of three sacred rivers that dates back to at least medieval times. Pilgrims bathe in the river believing it cleanses them of their sins and ends their process of reincarnation.

The event, which UNESCO added to its list of intangible human heritage in 2017, rotates among four pilgrimage sites every three years on a date prescribed by astrology. This year's festival is of the type that occurs every six years. The BJP-led governments are spending about $650 million, more than triple the public money spent in 2013 on an event that was religiously far more important because it happens only every 12 years.

PUBLISHED: 16/01/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images