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India Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river

India Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river

A devotee worshipping a cow near river Ganga. (Photo courtesy: textas.lt)

A devotee worshipping a cow near river Ganga. (Photo courtesy: textas.lt)

Varanasi, India. Mother Ganga... The water was clean. Yes, I did what any devout Hindu would. Dipped in it. Thrice. The experience is too beautiful to be put in words. Om Nama Sivaya.

Varanasi, India. Mother Ganga... The water was clean. Yes, I did what any devout Hindu would. Dipped in it. Thrice. The experience is too beautiful to be put in words. Om Nama Sivaya.

Ganga Aarti  The Indian River Ganga or Ganges, which originates in the Himalayas, is personified and worshipped as a goddess by the Hindus. There are many stories about the origination of river Ganga in Indian mythology. Devotees gather on her banks daily in various holy cities of India like Varanasi, Haridwar and Allahabad as she (Maa Ganga) flows by energetically. Such special occasions are always accompanied by the singing of the Maa Ganga aarti or hymn.

Ganga Aarti The Indian River Ganga or Ganges, which originates in the Himalayas, is personified and worshipped as a goddess by the Hindus. There are many stories about the origination of river Ganga in Indian mythology. Devotees gather on her banks daily in various holy cities of India like Varanasi, Haridwar and Allahabad as she (Maa Ganga) flows by energetically. Such special occasions are always accompanied by the singing of the Maa Ganga aarti or hymn.

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