Hindu festival takes on political undertones in election year

la-croix.com - 01-16

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Hundreds of foreigners came to witness or participate in the start of Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage that sees devotees take ritual baths in a sacred river, in the northern Indian city of Prayagraj, on Jan. 15. — Dubbed the largest gathering of humanity on the planet, the Unesco-listed festival expects to see over 120 million Hindus and tourists visit the site where the Ganges and Yamuna converge in the coming weeks.