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Mayor concentración humana en festival hinduista

January 15, 2019 - Más de 120 millones de devotos hinduistas visitarán la ciudad norteña de Prayagraj (amtes Allahabad) para el mayor festival religioso que se realiza en el mundo, en la concluencia de lso ríos Ganges, Yamuna y el mítico 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