Kumbh Mela dip ‘raised Ganges river pollution’


Kumbh Mela dip ‘raised Ganges river pollution’

Pollution levels rose alarmingly in the river Ganges in Allahabad on the first day of the Kumbh Mela festival, according to a study by the state pollution control board. Officials said eight million people had bathed at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers on 14 January.Hindus believe a festival dip at Sangam – where the rivers meet – will cleanse sins and help bring salvation. About 100 million devotees are expected to bathe during the 55-day festival.On 10 February, considered the most auspicious bathing day during the festival, nearly 30 million devotees are expected to take a holy dip in the river.The event, every 12 years, is billed as the biggest gathering on Earth –BBC

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