Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar
Every third year Hindus in India celebrate the religious festival called Ardh Kumbh Mela. This time the northern city of Haridwar hosted the event which moves around between four sacred cities on the subcontinent. The month long festival reached its climax on the 14th of April 2004 when, according to Hindu belief, favorable planetary positions made a bath in the holy water of the river Ganges extra auspicious. Sadhus, priests, and pilgrims from all over India came with the hope to wash away past sins in the sacred water. An estimated 3 million people visited the festival.
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