• Short Summary

    PILGRIMS FLOCKED TO THE GANGES CITY OF BENARES, THE HOLIEST OF HINDU CITIES, FEB 2, TO JOIN HOLY MEN IN PRAYER TO STOP "THE END OF THE WORLD".

  • Description

    PILGRIMS FLOCKED TO THE GANGES CITY OF BENARES, THE HOLIEST OF HINDU CITIES, FEB 2, TO JOIN HOLY MEN IN PRAYER TO STOP "THE END OF THE WORLD". THE BLACKEST HOURS WERE FROM: 12.5 PM GMT, FEB 4, TO 12.15 PM FEB 5 - DUE TO THE MEETINGS IN THE CONSTELLATION OF CAPRICORN OF EIGHT: EARTH, SUN, MOON, MERCURY, VENUS, MARS, JUPITER AND SATURN. ACCORDING TO HINDU MYTHOLOGY SEVEN PLANETS COMBINING MEANS TUMULT, FAMINE, DIFFICULTIES IN STATE AFFAIRS AND THE DEATH OF KINGS; AND WITH EIGHT TOGETHER, MILLIONS OF HINDUS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WENT INTO PRAYER FOR THE GODS TO INTERCEDE.

    FOR THREE WEEKS THE HINDU LITURGY IS BEING RECITED BY RELAYS OF HOLY MEN AND WOMEN. UNDERWAY IN OLD DELHI WAS THE BIGGEST OF A SERIES OF PRAYER MEETINGS BESIDE THE HOLY RIVER, JUMNA. A TON AND A HALF OF PURE BUTTER AND OTHER SACRIFICIAL FOODS AND FLOWERS WERE BEING BURNED IN A MARATHON INVOCATION OF CHANDI PATH, THE GODDESS OF POWER.

    BUT FOR SOME, THERE WAS COMFORT IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE ASTROLOGERS WERE IN DISAGREEMENT IN MANY PARTS OF THE EASTERN WORLD. THE HAPPIEST FORECAST FROM ONE WAS THAT AS A RESULT OF THE GATHERING OF THE PLANETS "A DIABOLICAL WAR WILL BE AVERTED AND NOTORIOUS DEVILS VANQUISHED".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADEG74XF27RWFS5PNM5L2AFPAP
    Media URN:
    VLVADEG74XF27RWFS5PNM5L2AFPAP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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