Connect to share and comment

10 dead in India Kumbh Mela stampede: report

At least 10 people have died in a stampede at the main railway station serving India's giant Kumbh Mela festival, a report said on Sunday. The NDTV news channel screened footage from the scene at Allahabad station, showing numerous bodies on the platform following the incident which happened as pilgrims headed home. Thirty million people had gathered at the festival on Sunday for its most auspicious day.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Four dead in India Kumbh Mela stampede: official

At least four people have died after a stampede at a railway station near India's huge Kumbh Mela festival, a local official told AFP, while some reports put the death toll as high as 15. "The district administration have confirmed four deaths," Prabhat Mittal, director of information for the state of Uttar Pradesh, told AFP. str-adp/lm

Millions of Indians bathe on Kumbh's holiest day

Tens of millions of Hindus were expected on Sunday to plunge into India's sacred river Ganges to wash away their sins on the most auspicious day of the world's largest religious festival. Organisers estimated some 30 million ash-smeared saints, devotees and visitors would take a dip in the swirling, freezing river at the festival in Allahabad in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Sunday, when the water is considered to be the holiest and most auspicious, is "the most crucial day for the pilgrims and for police", police officer Ajit Tyagi told AFP.

Pilgrims prepare for holiest day at India's Kumbh Mela

Tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims prepared to cleanse their sins with a plunge into the sacred river Ganges, ahead of the most auspicious day of the world's largest religious festival. Some 30 million Hindu saints, devotees and visitors were expected to take part in the Kumbh Mela on Sunday -- considered the holiest of the 55-day festival -- in north India, police said. "One dip in the river has the power to change life forever," said 65-year-old Malti Devi from London, taking part in the festivities for the first time.
Syndicate content