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Hindu pilgrimage and festival celebrated in India

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Kumbh Mela: Hindu pilgrimage and festival celebrated in India
Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years, to celebrate every revolution Brihaspati completes, at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Allahabad (Prayagraj), Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra). The festival is marked by a ritual dip in the waters, but it is also a celebration of community commerce with numerous fairs, education, religious discourses by saints, mass feedings of monks or the poor, and entertainment spectacle. The seekers believe that bathing in these rivers is a means to prāyaścitta for past mistakes, and that it cleanses them of their sins.

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Kumbh Mela: 60 out of 61 returnees test Covid positive in Madhya Pradesh | Oneindia News [Video]

Kumbh Mela: 60 out of 61 returnees test Covid positive in Madhya Pradesh | Oneindia News

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious congregations in India, and the fact that it would be a "super spreader" of the virus was firmly predicted by many officials and common people at large.Times..

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Uttarakhand suspends Char Dham Yatra after Kumbh Mela criticism | Oneindia News [Video]

Uttarakhand suspends Char Dham Yatra after Kumbh Mela criticism | Oneindia News

India's daily Covid figures hit a new high today with 3,79,257 fresh infections and 3,645 deaths reported in 24 hours; The U.S. government told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible because..

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‘Kumbh Mela major source of infections alongside political rallies’: Top Doctor [Video]

‘Kumbh Mela major source of infections alongside political rallies’: Top Doctor

In the latest episode of On The Record, Hindustan Times’ National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury speaks with Dr Ashish Jha, Dean at Brown University, about the second wave of Covid-19 in India...

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Kumbh: Devotees gather for last ‘Shahi Snan’ in Haridwar amid Covid surge [Video]

Kumbh: Devotees gather for last ‘Shahi Snan’ in Haridwar amid Covid surge

The last 'shahi snan' at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on Tuesday was a subdued affair with seers keeping the ritual symbolic in view of a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Narendra Modi..

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Kumbh Mela 2021: Devotees participate in last 'shahi snan' [Video]

Kumbh Mela 2021: Devotees participate in last 'shahi snan'

Despite surge in COVID-19 cases in India, scores of devotees gathered at 'Har Ki Pauri' in Haridwar on April 27. They participated in the last 'shahi snan' of 'Kumbh Mela' and took holy dip at the..

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Watch: Harsh Vardhan explains why PM Modi didn’t stop Kumbh Mela amid Covid [Video]

Watch: Harsh Vardhan explains why PM Modi didn’t stop Kumbh Mela amid Covid

Health Minister spoke on the Kumbh Mela amid Covid crisis during an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times’ Kumkum Chadha. The Health Minister said that it is not fair to say that the Prime..

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‘More variants to emerge…’: CCMB Director’s warning on Covid crisis [Video]

‘More variants to emerge…’: CCMB Director’s warning on Covid crisis

Dr Rakesh Mishra, Director of CSIR- CCMB (Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology), has said that the next 3 weeks are very critical for India in terms of the spread of the infection and urged people..

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'We will pay the price for Kumbh Mela, poll rallies': Top Doctors on Covid 2nd wave [Video]

'We will pay the price for Kumbh Mela, poll rallies': Top Doctors on Covid 2nd wave

Top doctors Jalil Parkar, and Amit Thadani share their experiences of fighting the second wave of infections. Talking about Kumbh Mela and political rallies, Thadani said, “People who have attended..

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Covid 2nd wave | Who's to blame, & the way forward: Harsh Vardhan responds [Video]

Covid 2nd wave | Who's to blame, & the way forward: Harsh Vardhan responds

After a comparative lull for a few months, the Covid virus seems to have returned with much more virulence. India is detecting more than double the number of daily cases than seen during the peak last..

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Covid: Doctors' emotional appeal as 2nd wave stresses exhausted ranks [Video]

Covid: Doctors' emotional appeal as 2nd wave stresses exhausted ranks

With India's daily infections tally crossing the 2 lakh-mark, the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is much worse than the first in 2020. The problem seems to have been compounded by mass gatherings..

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Kumbh 2021: 'Sadhus believe in participating symbolically', says Swami Avdheshanand [Video]

Kumbh 2021: 'Sadhus believe in participating symbolically', says Swami Avdheshanand

On April 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to Acharya Mahamandleshwar of Juna Akhada Swami Avdheshanand Giri and appealed Kumbh Mela now should be symbolic amid rising cases of COVID. "PM called..

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PM Modi urges to keep Kumbh participation 'symbolic' amid rising cases of Covid [Video]

PM Modi urges to keep Kumbh participation 'symbolic' amid rising cases of Covid

PM Modi said Kumbh Mela must now be kept 'symbolic' to help India in battling Covid-19. Taking to twitter, PM Modi said he has spoken to Swami Avdheshanand Giri over phone. While several seers have..

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Haridwar, site of Kumbh, saw over 3700 COVID cases in 2 weeks [Video]

Haridwar, site of Kumbh, saw over 3700 COVID cases in 2 weeks

Haridwar, the site of Kumbh Mela, saw more than 3700 cases of coronavirus between April 01 and April 14, informed city's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Shambhu Kumar Jha who added that more than 30 Sadhus..

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Kumbh mela: PM finally appeals for a 'symbolic' Kumbh | Oneindia News [Video]

Kumbh mela: PM finally appeals for a 'symbolic' Kumbh | Oneindia News

Days since the Kumbh Mela started and images of massive crowds bathing at the ghats sparked alarm and outrage among people across India, the Prime Minister finally broke his silence on the religious..

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Niranjani Akhara exits Kumbh Mela amid rising COVID cases [Video]

Niranjani Akhara exits Kumbh Mela amid rising COVID cases

Seeing the rise of COVID cases, the Niranjani Akhada announced its intentions to limit their participation in Kumbh Mela till April 17. The development comes after several of the saints testing..

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Covid surge: Why Kumbh, farmers’ protest, poll rallies must end immediately [Video]

Covid surge: Why Kumbh, farmers’ protest, poll rallies must end immediately

As Covid cases continue to surge in the country, mass gatherings including the Kumbh Mela, farmers’ protest and poll rallies are now threatening to be super spreaders. Over 1,700 people have tested..

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NEET Post-grad exam postponed amid a massive spike in Covid-19 cases| Oneindia News [Video]

NEET Post-grad exam postponed amid a massive spike in Covid-19 cases| Oneindia News

The NEET-PG medical entrance exams scheduled for April 18th have been postponed. Delhi government has announced a weekend curfew in light of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. Activist and former..

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Half police force withdrawn from Kumbh Mela: Uttarakhand DGP [Video]

Half police force withdrawn from Kumbh Mela: Uttarakhand DGP

Uttarakhand Director General of Police Ashok Kumar informed that after the 3rd Shahi Snan, half of the force has been withdrawn. "Big challenges of Maha Kumbh are over, now only a fewer routine work..

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Watch: Thousands of devotees perform 'Ganga aarti' in Kumbh Mela [Video]

Watch: Thousands of devotees perform 'Ganga aarti' in Kumbh Mela

Scores of devotees gathered at 'Har ki Pauri' for 'Ganga aarti' in Haridwar on April 14. A large number of devotees offered prayers during the on-going 'Kumbh Mela'. However, social distancing norms..

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No information on curtailing Kumbh Mela: Officer [Video]

No information on curtailing Kumbh Mela: Officer

On being asked if duration of Kumbh Mela will be shortened in view of COVID-19, mela officer and Haridwar DM Deepak Rawat said that he has no information in this regard. "Kumbh Mela used to begin in..

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Covid:'Kumbh Mela should now only be symbolic,' PM appeals Swami Avdheshanand

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Amidst the ongoing Kumbh in Haridwar, 30 sadhus in the city have tested positive for Covid-19, said the Chief Medical Officer on Friday. Speaking to ANI, Haridwar Chief Medical Officer Dr SK Jha said,..
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