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.
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.
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.
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
(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 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.
Schools were reportedly closed and public transport was suspended as violent protests continued across the southern Indian state of Kerala on Thursday, as two women made history by entering an ancient Hindu temple.
Groups of angry Hindu traditionalists were seen clashing with police and hurling smoke bombs at officers. According to reports, around 745 people were arrested since the beginning of the unrest. One person was killed in clashes.
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