Religion: The Urn Festival

To Hindus, one of the holiest places in the universe is the city of Allahabad (pop. 332,295) in northern India. It is holy because it is one of the four spots where the urn of immortality dripped its nectar in the struggle between the gods and the demons. And it is also holy because it marks the confluence of three sacred rivers—the muddy Ganges, the blue Jumna and the invisible Sarasvati, which is supposed to flow underground. Every twelve years, the Hindus celebrate the Kumbh Mela (Urn Festival) at Allahabad, bathing in the waters of the three rivers to cleanse themselves...

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