Thousands of Hindus gather at the banks of River Brahamputra - East Pakistan to celebrate their religious festival - "ASTHAMISNAN".
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L/S. people going to the River bank.
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M/L. S. People going through the Bathing Ghat.
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General shots of the River bank.
M/S. Bathers reciting hyans.
M/C. S. Bathers going through their religious rites of marking circles on the water.
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C/S. of the same.
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M/L. S. offering being thrown into the river.
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Shots of the bathers.
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Background: Thousands of Hindus gather at the banks of River Brahamputra - East Pakistan to celebrate their religious festival - "ASTHAMISNAN". Asthamisnan - the bath in the river, signifies the washing away of the sins. As the legend goes - long ago a hindu priest desired the death of his wife because he doubted her character. The wife was virtuous woman. The priest commanded his son to kill her with an axe. The axe was charmed because of the mother's curse. The son tried but in vain, he could not get rid of the axe.
He roamed the country and at last spotted a black cow emerge from the river and turn white. He plunged into the river. The spell was broken. The axe fell away. His sins were forgiven and he was pure. From that day he became a Hindu Priest.
Thus every year on the eight day of the last month of Bengali Calendar "Chaitra" Hindus from all over the country assemble at the banks of this river to have a dip, so as to purify themselves.