Millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges to cleanse sins

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Millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges to cleanse sins

By BISWAJEET BANERJEE | Associated Press – 4 hrs ago


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ALLAHABAD, India (AP) — Millions of devout Hindus led by naked ascetics with ash smeared on their bodies plunged into the frigid waters of India's holy Ganges River on Monday in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins.

The ceremony in the northern city of Allahabad took place on the most auspicious day of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days. The festival continues until March 10.

Top festival official Mani Prasad Mishra said nearly 3 million people had bathed by late morning and 11 million were expected to enter the frigid water by the day's end.

Over 110 million people are expected to take a dip at the Sangam, the place where three rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati — come together at the edge of this North Indian city. There are six auspicious bathing days, decided by the alignment of stars, when the Hindu devout bathe to wash away their sins and free themselves from the cycle of death and rebirth.

A sea of humanity assembled on the river bank as people waited patiently for their turn to step into the water. Men in underpants, women in saris and children — naked and clothed — chanted from Hindu scriptures as they walked into the icy-cold water.

The bathing process was initiated by religious heads of different Hindu monasteries who reached the bathing points, called ghats, riding silver chariots. Some were carried on silver palanquins, accompanied by marching bands. Applause rose from tens of thousands of pilgrims waiting behind barricades as the religious heads set off the ceremony.

The heads of the monasteries threw flowers on the devotees as they shouted "har har gangey," or Long Live Ganges.

The biggest spectacle was that of the Naga sadhus, or ascetics, who raced to the river wearing only marigold garlands in a cacophony of religious chants.

About 50,000 policemen have been deployed to keep order at the festival, fearing everything from terrorist attacks to the ever-present danger of stampedes of pilgrims. Several squads policemen on horseback regulated the flow of pilgrims to and from the bathing ghats.

According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them immortality.

As one of the gods fled with a pitcher of the nectar across the skies, it spilled on four Indian towns- Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar. The Kumbh Mela is organized four times every 12 years in those towns. Hindus believe that sins accumulated in past and current lives require them to continue the cycle of death and rebirth until they are cleansed. If they bathe at Ganges on the most auspicious day of the festival, believers say they can rid themselves of their sins.

Tens of thousands of pilgrims slept the night on the vast festival grounds in more than 1 million tents — green, blue, and brown — erected all over, while many huddled together under trees. Some 20,000 makeshift toilets have been have been erected, while 10,000 sweepers have been deployed to keep this make-shift tent town clean.
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There a first for everything.
 
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Now if they can only do it more then once a year.
 

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I always thought that a was a cool concept until I learned that the "sacred" Ganjes is basically a septic tank and morgue for over 1 billion people.
 

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And they bottle that filthy curry shit water and sell it to the savages for like 12 bucks a pop.

 
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Oh and no shit...

Water quality in Ganga at Haridwar poor: NGO
PTIJan 18, 2010, 05.07pm IST


DEHRA DUN: Water quality of the river Ganga in Haridwar is below the standards set by the Central Pollution Control Board for bathing, a recent study by an NGO says.

Water has been polluted due to continuous discharge of untreated waste and effluents from various drains directly into the river Ganga, a Dehra Dun-based NGO People's Science Institute said in its study.
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Actually a lot of shit apparently...
 

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I always thought that a was a cool concept until I learned that the "sacred" Ganjes is basically a septic tank and morgue for over 1 billion people.
Yeah, I wouldnt get within 100 yards of that cesspool. Fucking disgusting.
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The country is just river nappin'
 

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Conflagration is the final solution for those poor over burdened karmic messes.
 
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Meh, just throw some bleach in it.
Perhaps more then that... fecal coli-forms are one thing I could only imagine what is brewing in there between the organic and industrial waste dumped in there.
 

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India is a living hell on earth. Foreigners go bat-shit crazy meltdown all the time there. THP would be slavering, psychotic beast in about 15 seconds in that place.
 

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How much money would it take to drink a pint of that water? How much weight do think you would loose drinking that pint?
 

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Is it really bathing if it's done in water that's filled with trash, waste, and decomposing human corpses? That's more like marinating.
 

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I liked the photos of fishermen in rowboats just paddling past multiple human corpses.

If I was in a rowboat and my oar hit a human corpse it is puke, call the police, call the news, call the neighborhood watch, get nervous.

How can people not be creeped out by human corpses?
 
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I liked the photos of fishermen in rowboats just paddling past multiple human corpses.

If I was in a rowboat and my oar hit a human corpse it is puke, call the police, call the news, call the neighborhood watch, get nervous.

How can people not be creeped out by human corpses?
Seeing a body being burned on the river bank there is pretty common. The reason there are bodies in the river is that person was not rich enough to have enough wood to totally burn said body.

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