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Welcome to the World’s Largest Gathering of Humans

posted on January 22, 2019

NPR’s Lauren Frayer and Furkan Latif Khan write about the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu religious festival that began last Tuesday in which pilgrims bathe in India’s holy rivers as part of a spiritual cleanse. This year’s celebration which ends on March 4 is expected to involve 150 million participants, making it the world’s largest gathering of people at one event. Niraj Shukla, a 32-year-old from New Delhi, said, “You have work, you have tensions, you’ve committed some wrongdoings – you know these things deep down inside. Now you come over here, you take a dip, you feel that, ‘I am in the company of some holy people – some saints.”’

Read at NPR