India’s transgenders take first Kumbh Mela splash

Dozens of transgenders in India splash in the sacred waters of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers alongside top Hindu ascetics at the world’s biggest religious gathering, the Kumbh Mela. It was the first time that members of India’s estimated two-million-strong transgender community have been allowed to do so at the festival.

India: drone images of spectacular Hindu festival

The largest religious gathering anywhere on earth began on Tuesday, with tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims congregating in India to bathe in sacred rivers for the Kumbh Mela.

Millions in India gather for world’s largest religious event

The largest religious gathering anywhere on earth gets under way, with tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims congregating in India to bathe in sacred rivers for the Kumbh Mela.

Millions in India gather for world’s largest religious event

The largest religious gathering anywhere on earth gets under way, with tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims congregating in India to bathe in sacred rivers for the Kumbh Mela. IMAGES

India’s BJP-led government boosts Hindu fest

(14 Jan 2019) India’s government is spending unprecedented sums on a religious megafest focusing on the majority Hindu population ahead of general elections. (Jan. 14)

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Millions to attend world’s largest religious gathering in India

Millions of Hindu pilgrims begin streaming into the north Indian city of Allahabad to bathe at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and a mythical third river, the Saraswati, for the Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious gatherings, which kicks off Tuesday.

A rats tale in India: the temple and the market

In India’s desert state of Rajasthan, there’s a unique Hindu temple where rats are considered holy. But on the other side of the country it’s a different story where the rodents are hunted and sold as an alternative to chicken and pork.

Online ‘funeral kits’ help grieving Indians

From providing cow urine, incense and sesame seeds to booking a Hindu priest at the last minute, startups are seeking to cash in on India’s elaborate traditional funeral ceremonies.

Dozens arrested around flashpoint Indian temple

Indian police arrest 68 people taking part in protests after the Supreme Court in September allowed women to enter the Sabarimala temple, which has since become a showdown issue for gender activists and Hindu hardliners.