load_file(“/includes-n/article_top.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/float_share.html”);WORLD / ASIA-PACIFICHundreds of thousands take holy dip in India’s famed River GangesBy AFPPublished: Mar 11, 2021 08:13 PMload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);Hindu devotees take a holy dip in the waters of the River Ganges during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar, India on Thursday. Photo: AFPNaked, dreadlocked holymen were among hundreds of thousands of jubilant Hindu pilgrims who thronged the banks of Indias Ganges River on Thursday, ignoring any coronavirus threat, for one of the nations most famous and colorful religious festivals.Authorities in Haridwar expect 2.5 million people for the Maha Shivratri festival, one of three auspicious bathing days over April as part of a major gathering called the Kumbh Mela.Before dawn, men, women and children jostled for space along the several miles of riverbank before a brief plunge in the fast-flowing water, singing hymns and showering flowers into the Ganges.The highlight later was set to be a jubilant procession by groups of hundreds of Naga Sadhus – naked holy men with long dreadlocks, their bodies smeared in ash – before their dip in the holy town in the Himalayan foothills.Because of the pandemic the government has curtailed the Kumbh Mela, a mass event held regularly in different cities, and negative test certificates are in theory compulsory.Announcements on the public address system in Haridwar blared out reminders to wear masks and maintain distancing as hundreds of volunteers sprayed sanitizer on the pilgrims.AFPload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);RELATED ARTICLES Bangladeshi Hindu community celebrate DiwaliPeople light lamps to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 14, 2020. … Shoppers crowd at market ahead Diwali, Hindu festival of lights Indian people look at electric lights at a market before Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, amid the … Hindu festival of lights celebrated in Mumbai, IndiaA vendor arranges lanterns at a market before Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India, Nov. …load_file(“/includes-n/article_most_view.html”);var wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1218131;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disquswindow._taboola = window._taboola || [];_taboola.push({mode: thumbnails-a,container: taboola-below-article,placement: below article,target_type: mix});load_file(“/includes-n/footer.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/addthis.html”);

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