• Short Summary

    A MASS BUILD-UP FOR THE KUMBH MELA FESTIVAL, ONE OF INDIA'S MOST IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS EVENTS, AT HARDWAR IN THE NORTHERN INDIAN STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH, CULMINATED ON APRIL 12 WHEN LATE ARRIVALS SWELLED THE NUMBERS OF HINDU PILGRIMS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY BEYOND THE 2 MILLION MARK.

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    A MASS BUILD-UP FOR THE KUMBH MELA FESTIVAL, ONE OF INDIA'S MOST IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS EVENTS, AT HARDWAR IN THE NORTHERN INDIAN STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH, CULMINATED ON APRIL 12 WHEN LATE ARRIVALS SWELLED THE NUMBERS OF HINDU PILGRIMS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY BEYOND THE 2 MILLION MARK.

    FOR A FORTNIGHT, PEOPLE BELONGING TO A WIDE VARIETY OF HINDU SECTS, FROM PEASANT LAYMEN TO THE MEMBERS OF MONASTIC ORDERS, HAD BEEN STREAMING INTO HARDWAR FOR THE TWELVE-YEARLY DEVOTIONAL MEETING ON THE BANKS OF THE HOLY GANGES. THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES WERE WELL PREPARED FOR THE MASS GATHERING, AND THERE WERE CONTINUOUS INOCULATIONS OF NEW ARRIVALS TO PREVENT THE OUTBREAK OF AN EPIDEMIC.

    HIGHLIGHT OF THE KUMBH MELA PILGRIMAGE -- WHICH IN ITS PRESENT FORM DATES BACK TO THE NINTH CENTURY A.D., WHEN HINDUISM WAS TRANSFORMED FROM A WAY AND PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE INTO A DOGMATIC RELIGION -- WAS A MASS BATHING CEREMONY IN THE WATERS OF THE LIFE-GIVING GANGES.

    FROM THE EARLY HOURS OF APRIL 13 ONWARDS, WALKED IN PROCESSION FROM HARDWAR TO THE HARKI PAURI GHAT, A "HOLY SPOT" ON THE RIVERSIDE, WHERE FIRST THE LAITY AND THEN THE SADHUS ENTERED THE SACRED WATERS.

    A MEETING MASS OF HUMANITY, THE PROCESSION OF CAPARISONED ELEPHANTS, HORSE CHARIOTS, COUNTRY-BRED PONIES, AND THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS ON FOOT, SURGED TOWARDS THE RIVER TO THE MUSIC OF DRUMS, CYMBALS, FLUTES AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS.

    SIX THOUSAND POLICE AND VOLUNTEERS KEPT WATCH OVER THE MULTITUDE WHICH COVERED AN AREA OF ABOUT 15 SQUARE MILES. LOUDSPEAKERS BLARED FORTH MESSAGES FROM THE CENTRAL CONTROL ROOM, DIRECTING PEOPLE AND GIVING THE WHEREABOUTS OF THOSE WHO HAD BEEN LOST IN THE CROWD. DESPITE THE VASTNESS OF THE DEVOTIONAL CONCOURSE AT THE RIVERSIDE, CROWNING FATALITIES WERE SURPRISINGLY FEW.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5XRQSQLCRO6M0DCMPO1Y4KKZK
    Media URN:
    VLVA5XRQSQLCRO6M0DCMPO1Y4KKZK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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