Unesco: 'Kumbh Mela' is the heritage of humanity
Unesco: 'Kumbh Mela' is the heritage of humanity, It is the largest congregation of believers in the world.

A UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee, meeting in South Korea from 4 to 9 December, decided to add the periodic Hindu pilgrimage called 'Kumbh Mela' in the 'List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity'. 

The confirmation of the inscription, and its congratulations to India, are contained in a tweet of UNESCO, which was answered by the Minister of Indian Culture, Mahesh Sharma, ensuring that this "is a moment of great pride". 

The Kumbh Mela is a purification ritual in which millions of faithful, at certain times, find themselves in 4 specific locations on the river Ganges (Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik district and Ujjain), to plunge into its waters in a ceremony deemed capable of redeem all sins. In each of the four locations, the ceremony takes place every 12 years. Considered to be the largest congregation of believers in the world, the 'Maha' (Great) Kumbh Mela of Allahabad in 2013 hosted over a period of two months over 120 million people.

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