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The Maha Kumbh in Allahabad has perhaps no parallel in terms of the sheer size of the congregation. In less than two months over 100 million people are expected to come to this city, at the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna. But even as they celebrate the rivers it seems they don’t see the rivers, but only the ritual.

This mela is about how the Hindu religion — and I believe all religions — is based on a deep understanding of and respect for nature’s strength. But we now worship without reason. So people can take a dip in the polluted river but still believe that the dirt, the filth and the plastic that swims around them will not defile the river’s properties. Our strength has become our weakness.

Mumbai: The first verdict from international health experts stationed at the Kumbh Mela to record diseases among pilgrims has been positive.

ALLAHABAD: Ganga is not just a river but it has acquired the status of a goddess and regarded as the cradle of Indian civilisation, said vice-chancellor of Maharshi Visvavidyalaya, West Indies, Swami Brahmaswaroopji Maharaj while visiting the Ganga gallery in the Mela area on Thursday.

The VC said the river is getting polluted day by day because of industrial waste. Many industries are situated along the rivers across the world but those rivers are not as polluted as the Ganga. "After visiting the exhibition I have understood the root cause of pollution in the Ganga," said Swami Brahmaswaroopji.

ALLAHABAD: Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna on Wednesday said that the holy Ganga should be freed of pollution right from Himalayas to Ganga Sagar.

Despite the tall claims of the UP government of providing pollution-free water at Sangam, Allahabad, devotees at Kumbh continue to take their holy dip in polluted water.

SANGAM: Angry over Ganga water turning black and red over the past 48 hours, Shankaracharyas, seers and Dandi swamis, with all the akaharas in tow, expressed on Tuesday said the state government was hurting their faith and sentiments.

Taking an oath at Harishchandra ghat to make the river clean and pure, the Shankarachrya, mahants, mahamandleshwars and seers announced to block eminent roads leading to Sangam on Wednesday.

ALLAHABAD: Although seers and pilgrims coming to MahaKumbh, or otherwise too, have time and again raised their voice against the falling level of water in the holy Ganga, the actual area of concern

ALLAHABAD/LUCKNOW: Swami Chidanand Saraswati of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram has earned sanitary distinction for the campaign he is running during the ongoing Maha Kumbh to provide clean toilets in

ALLAHABAD: Head of Jai Ram Ashram, Haridwar, BrahmaswaroopBrahmachari inaugurated the camp of YashKrishiTaknikiEvamVigyan Kendra in Sector 1 of KumbhMela. Many saints, scholars and social activists were present at the inauguration.

Swami Brahmaswaroop said, "Protection of environment and conservation of the Ganga should be the first duty of every Indian. Institutions working in the field of science and technology should undertake efforts to preserve the natural resources and protect the environment from pollution."

The report by WWF India on scientific assessment of E-Flows for a healthy Ganga during Kumbh 2013 to ensure adequate release of flows in the river and to build consensus on environmental flows among key stakeholders.

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