• Short Summary

    MILLIONS OF PILGRIMS FROM ALL OVER INDIA ARE CELEBRATING KUMBH MELA, A HINDU BATHING FESTIVAL THAT TAKES PLACE ONCE EVERY TWELVE YEARS.

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    MILLIONS OF PILGRIMS FROM ALL OVER INDIA ARE CELEBRATING KUMBH MELA, A HINDU BATHING FESTIVAL THAT TAKES PLACE ONCE EVERY TWELVE YEARS.

    PILGRIMS HAD TRAVELLED TO THE CONFLUENCE OF THE SACRED GANGES AND JUMNA RIVERS AT ALLAHABAD. BRAVING A SEVERE COLD SPELL, THEY SPENT A NIGHT ON THE RIVER'S SANDY BANKS BEFORE PLUNGING INTO THE WATER IN A CEREMONY OF SELF-PURIFICATION.

    REPRESENTATIVES OF DIFFERENT SECTS, THEIR BODIES SMEARED WITH ASHES, MARCHED IN PROCESSION TO THE WATER'S EDGE. HINDUS BELIEVE THAT BY BATHING AT THE PRECISE SPOT WHERE, THEY SAY, HEAVENLY NECTAR FELL DURING THE CREATION OF THE WORLD, THEY WILL GAIN FREEDOM FROM REBIRTH. IT IS ALSO THE SPOT WHERE THE ASHES OF LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI, THE LATE PRIME MINISTER WILL BE IMMERSED IN THE RIVER TOMORROW (TUESDAY), AND WHERE THE ASHES OF JAWAHARLAL NEHRU WERE SCATTERED.

    THE AUTHORITIES HAVE TAKEN ELABORATE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT THE MILLIONS OF PILGRIMS TAKING PART IN THE MONTH-LONG KUMBH MELA. A CONTINGENT OF 200 TRAINED RIVER POLICE WERE BROUGHT TO ALLAHABAD TO CONTROL THE PILGRIMS AND THE THOUSANDS OF BOATS CARRYING THEM ACROSS THE RIVER.

    POLICE HAD ALSO ERECTED STEEL BARRIERS ALONG THE ROUTE OF THE PROCESSION OF HOLY MEN AND ELEPHANTS. AT THE LAST FESTIVAL TWELVE YEARS AGO, PILGRIMS WATCHING THE PROCESSION SURGED FORWARD AND 1,000 OF THEM WERE CRUSHED TO DEATH AS THE ELEPHANTS AND HOLY MEN TRIED TO FORCE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CROWD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEUZ5FZ3O8YS00GWKW5Z2D7SO7
    Media URN:
    VLVAEUZ5FZ3O8YS00GWKW5Z2D7SO7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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