10million Hindu pilgrims bathe in the Ganges - Warning. Extreme uglies

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    Staggering pictures from the world's largest festival as 10million Hindu pilgrims bathe naked in the Ganges for Kumbh Mela (and 100MILLION more are on their way)



    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    PUBLISHED: 17:39 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:49 GMT, 14 January 2013

    Millions of Hindus followed naked holy men into the cold waters of the Ganges today as part of the world's largest gathering of people.
    The ceremony in the Indian city of Allahabad came on the most auspicious day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, a 55-day religious festival which is expected to attract well over 100million bathing pilgrims.
    A top festival official said nearly 3million people had bathed by late morning and 11million were expected to enter the frigid water by the end of Monday.


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    Celebrating: Hindu holy men run naked into the waters of the Ganges at Sangam, at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad

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    Cleansing: The holy men presented an arresting sight at the first day of the festival as 110 million Hindus celebrate celebrate Kumbh Mela


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    Procession: A child adorned with marigolds is carried by sadhus on the way to the Sangam

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    Dawn: A devotee is up at the break of day to pay his respects to the gods in Allahabad (left) as holy men gather by the river with conch shells and camera phones (right)


    More than 110million 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.

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    Devoted: Hindus bathe in the waters of the holy Ganges river on Monday. Some 110million are expected to take part in the festival over 55 days
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    Long journey: A foreign devotee joins other pilgrims in prayer at a festival which will go on for over a month



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    Contemplation: An Sadhu closes his eyes as he prays while bathing in the confluence of the Yamuna and Ganges rivers

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    For sale: Merchants displayed floral offerings for pilgrims to send into the Ganges

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    Taking the waters: Thousands of holy men return to camp after taking a dip in the river

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    Policemen mounted on their horses patrol during the first Shahi Snan (grand bath) at the mela
    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' - '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 of policemen on horseback regulated the flow of pilgrims to and from the bathing ghats.

    'I wash away all my sins, from this life and before,' said wandering ascetic Swami Shankranand Saraswati, 77, shivering naked in the cold.
    He said he gave up a career as a senior civil servant 40 years ago to become a holy man, travelled on foot and for decades ate only nuts and fruit.
    'I feel pleasure,' grinned Digambar Navraman Giri, who said he had not sat down for a year - even sleeping on foot. 'This is why I became a sadhu.'
    Despite their asceticism, the sects are moving with the times. Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji, who leads one of the main groups, has a Facebook page.
    Some gurus advertise on billboards and posters to attract followers, while others drive trucks and chat on cellphones.


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    Ornate: An Indian girl dressed as Hindu Goddess begs for alms as devotees leave after a dip at Sangam







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    Holy waters: Staging the festival is a huge logistical effort as so many people need to be accommodated

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    Ceremonial: A young sadhu (left) is draped in garlands at his camp while other holy men shout slogans after taking a dip in the river (right)
    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 Haridwa.
    The Kumbh Mela is organised 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 in the 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 1million 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 tent town clean.

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    Gathering: Millions of pilgrims gather in the early morning light to show their devotion on the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela

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    Sights and sounds: A Sadhu blows a conch shell as other Sadhus or Hindu holy men bathe



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    Devotees: Tens of thousands of Hindus gather to watch a procession of holy men during the vast festival

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    Crowd: More than 110million people are expected to make their way to the city for the 55-day festival

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    Arrivals: An Indian holy man walks along a pontoon bridge at the banks of Sangam in Allahabad

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    Mystical: The festival commemorates a famous incident from Hindu mythology

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    Pilgrimage: Indians take photographs of holy men during a religious procession towards the Sangam

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    Seasons of mist: The event happens once every 12 years and people travel many miles to take part

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    Accommodation: People take shelter in a vast makeshift hanger after arriving at the festival



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262132/Kumbh-Mela-110-million-pilgrims-attend-worlds-largest-festival.html#ixzz2I2OXfTWr
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    I see the Indian river police are patroling the area.....who knows one day they might even be able to afford a boat.
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    Yes, and they bathe in the Ganges among human crap, dead bodies, etc.
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    It always smacks of irony to see people who tossed their own culture out on the garbage heap so long ago poke fun at a people participating in an ancient religious ceremony that still has meaning to millions of them.
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    Our culture is ongoing and not shackled by ancient obsolete and disgustingly unhygenic rituals like the above.
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    Yes, rituals like circumcision where a rabbi sucks off a baby's penis and some of those babies die from infection. We don't ONLY make fun of those ancient rituals, but despise them and view them with appropriate horror.Perhaps the sight of all those naked men influences some to make idiotic and irrelevant comments.
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    What is idiotic is the degree to which your mind has divorced you from the experience of the meaning not to speak of the power - of true religious ritual (Jewish circumcision not being one of them). Being a Christian, however, that's hardly surprising for you - you all hover somewhere between an unconscious Platonic idealism of forms that cast their thin shadows upon the world, and the intellectual idiocy of a stark materialism that ipso facto denies the magical in favour of its mechanistic flights of fancy- although I wouldn't presume to guess whether adherence to that 'religion' is a cause or an effect in this instance.
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    What's that then? Jeans and a t-shirt? Baseball? The latest television show? Sunday's with your local Protestant happy-clappies?

    There is no culture that is not ancient, as only the ancients had the fullness of life to create one, and each is obsolete only to the modern imbecile whose disease-ridden mind had replaced his soul. You speak of hygiene, yet what of the filth with which your people fill their minds every day from your glorious modern 'culture'?
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    That too.

    The white mans culture is also putting men on the moon and advancing all that he touches ad infinitum.
    We arent shackled by religion or one train of thought....we white men are the supermen of this planet and as i said regarding our culture.....its work in progress.

    Bathing in sewage may seem exotic to you and steeped in tradition.......to a white man its bathing in sewage and nothing less.
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    Those are Indians. However, I agree. Pakis and Indians are truly unhygenic, filthy creatures. They crap in the streets, for heaven's sake!
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    The people of Punjabi spit upon these vile creatures. India is Punjabi, never doubt.
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    Ganges River Pollution


    The Ganges River Pollution is now at such a high level that the amount of toxins, chemicals and other dangerous bacteria found in the river are now almost 3000 times over the limit suggested by the WHO as 'safe'.

    The river directly and indirectly affects the largest population of any river in the world with over more than 420 million people who rely on it for food, water, bathing and agriculture. And that is not to mention the tens of Millions of pilgrims who venture to India's most holy of rivers each year to bathe and worship.
    This page contains some graphic images
    So with such a massive influence on the local and national population, why is it that the river is so completely and utterly disgusting?


    Well this is a question that is asked everyday and to help answer it we first need to take a look at a few facts.


    Facts about Ganges river Pollution


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    • Approximately 1 billion litres of raw, untreated sewage are dumped in the river on a daily basis. The amount has more than doubled in the last 20 years and experts predict another 100% increase in the following 20 years.

    • The rapid explosion of India's population in the last 25 years coupled with lax regulations on industry has put a huge strain on the river.

    • Thousands of bodies are cremated on the banks of the river yearly with many being released into the river with hopes that their souls may have a direct path to heaven.

    • Hundreds Unwanted or 'illegitimate' babies, cattle and other animal carcases are also dumped in the Ganges again with religious significance

    • The levels of Coliform bacteria is over 2800 times the level considered safe by the W.H.O (world health organisation).


    Below: Sewage pouring into the Ganges, Varanasi 2009

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    A route to Heaven and a highway of flesh


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    One of the more alarming issues facing everybody remotely related to the river are the dead bodies of both humans and cattle which serenely float by almost completely unnoticed, or perhaps consciously ignored by busy bathers hoping to purify their souls.
    The bodies are released into the river with a hope that the soul will be saved and be immediately received by heaven.
    Right: A body washed up on the banks near Varanasi

    Ganges river pollution and the nectar of God


    One of the biggest reason why the river has quite literally been shat upon in the past 20 years is because good old fashioned human denial and ignorance.
    The problems have been allowed to escalate to the dangerously high proportions we have today because of that fact that Hindus simply do not want to accept that their 'mother Ganga', nectar of God, bringer of hope and purifier of souls is or can be responsible for bringing them illness and misery. Instead claims of record pollution fall on deaf ears.
    Follow this link for more information about enviromental issues in India
    Below: A human body passes while a man washes in the river, Varanasi
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    Ganges river pollution and industry


    Some of the main Ganges river pollution contributors are those in industry - specifically in this case those of the leather industry who use vast amounts of chromium and other toxins and chemicals - the majority of which ends up in the slow paced waters of the Ganges during the dry season, peak time for the tanning industry and also when the river is moving at its slowest.
    Thanks to globalisation, international, national and local government this trend seems unlikely to get better with more and more factories cropping up every week and all running under a distinct lack of regulations.
    Below: Chromium pollutes the Ganges turning it toxic and poisonous
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    The consequences of Ganges river pollution


    Now these problems are huge on their own but couple with this with fact that India's holiest river, specifically at the banks of the ton of Varanasi, is considered as the pilgrimage site with tens of thousands of pilgrims entering the city every month to bathe, wash, sip and drink the water.
    The river is now a leading cause of infant and child mortality rates, skin problems and some more, serious disabilities -
    The Yamuna river, the main contributor to the Ganges has been completely devoid of all water and sea life for the past 15 year!
    Another of the main issues of the Ganges river pollution is the vast irrigation networks which have cropped up to feed India's ever expanding population - These vast networks of canals and ditches slowly but surely filter off the water from the Ganges and it's subsidiaries causing an alarming drop in the water levels, especially in the dry season.



    So what now?


    The pollution in the river is getting beyond a joke and something needs to be done now. A solution however, seems far away with gross negligence, ignorance and stupidity pouring from every sect of Indian society from Government, the people and of course big business which still continues to rape India and her people at every level.
    But, all hope is not lost and there does seem to be some hope on the horizon for the serious case of the Ganges river pollution. The world bank has agreed to loan India al most $1 Billion to clean up the Ganges - Not an insignificant amount by anyone's standards.
    What is more, some of the claims made b y Hindus about the rivers purifying effects do have some basis in science. The river is thought to be especially full of 'acteriophages'... little things that destroy bacteria specifically those known for causing cholera and dysentery epidemics.
    The river also has a unique ability to hold and retain oxygen in record amounts. Although nobody knows why, this doe mean that things can still grow.
    Having said all this though, once you have seen the river running through Varanasi you will no doubt feel as I do about this. The thick black sludge transporting almost everything but water.

    We can send a shuttle into space, we can build the Delhi Metro. We can detonate nuclear weapons. So why can't we clean up our rivers?

    —Rakesh Jaiswal, Ganges activist since 1993
    http://www.all-about-india.com/Ganges-River-Pollution.html
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