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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:59 PM

Deadly Stampede at the Hindu Festival Kumbh Mela

Source: NYT

ALLAHABAD, India The pilgrims came, millions upon millions of them, in the greatest tide of humanity ever seen. Again and again, the vast crowds threatened to press too close, to trample the smallest. Then it happened.

As many as 30 people were killed Sunday in a stampede at the train station here as they rushed up steps leading to one of the platforms, the police said. The stampede came at the height of the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu religious festival that occurs once every 12 years by the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers.

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Death and loss have long been associated with the pilgrimage at the Kumbh, which takes place in other locations according to a different cycle. Deadly stampedes previously occurred at the Allahabad pilgrimage in 1840, 1906, 1954 and 1986. And yet still the pilgrims come. Hindu lore says that when the Moon and Jupiter align, the Ganges and Yamuna are joined by a mystical river, the Saraswati, bearing the divine nectar of immortality.

Those who bathe in the conjoined waters are cleansed of their sins and given blessings that extend through several generations, Hindus say. Pilgrims make the trip not just for themselves but for their children and grandchildren.

Another lure is the presence of thousands of mystics, whom Hindus revere as spiritually powerful. But the crowds around the great procession of naked mystics in the predawn hours on Sunday were frightening.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/world/asia/deadly-stampede-at-the-hindu-festival-kumbh-mela.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0



PS: My brother was there today. I'm waiting to hear back from him that he's OK. He shouldn't have been near the train station so I'm hopeful.

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many a good man Feb 2013 OP
BumRushDaShow Feb 2013 #1
love_katz Feb 2013 #2
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #3
Myrina Feb 2013 #10
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #11
ReRe Feb 2013 #4
freshwest Feb 2013 #6
ReRe Feb 2013 #9
heaven05 Feb 2013 #5
many a good man Feb 2013 #7
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many a good man Feb 2013 #12

Response to many a good man (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:08 PM

1. Hope your brother is okay....

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Response to many a good man (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:09 PM

2. I hope your brother is alright...

and that he calls you very soon.

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Response to many a good man (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:09 PM

3. Dang, that is some serious crowding

from article:

" Government officials estimated that 10 million pilgrims were encamped in Allahabad on Saturday night, with 20 million to 30 million expected to bathe by Monday.

If those figures are even close to being accurate, it is as if the entire population of Texas decided to visit an area the size of Savannah, Ga., all on the same weekend. "

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I hope your brother is OK.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:04 PM

10. Not to make light of the tragedy, but ...

I really wouldn't want to be one of the last ones in the water.

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Response to Myrina (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:32 PM

11. Really

I do a lot of large, outdoor events.

The sanitation effort required for an event of that size and density is mind-blowingly impossible to imagine.

At least the Hindi aren't drinking barrels of beer and wine.

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Response to many a good man (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:18 PM

4. K&R

Hope your phone rings soon.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:24 AM

6. +1

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:47 PM

9. The poster's family are safe..

...come back to the thread and read her reply at bottom of thread!

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Response to many a good man (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:27 PM

5. sadness

and misery perpetrated in the name of religion. Sad indeed. The faithful get trampled huh?

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Response to many a good man (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:14 AM

7. FYI: my brother is OK!

Turns out they decided not to go to Allahabad at the last minute. I'm very sorry about the 36 who lost their lives.

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Response to many a good man (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:45 PM

8. Hallelujah!!!!!

I thought of you and your loved ones all night. So glad they are all safe. And yes, so sorry that people lost their lives in their attempt to take their once-in-twelve-year trek.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:29 PM

12. Thanks for all the good vibes!

You're very kind.

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