Belief Beat

Yesterday was the culmination of Kumbh Mela 2010, a Hindu festival that draws millions of pilgrims to the Ganges River over a three-month period. The New York Times reported that an estimated 10 million people entered the water on Wednesday, creating serious safety concerns, including seven deaths during a procession stampede; the Associated Press confirmed three drowning deaths.

The religious festival continues until April 28, but yesterday was one of the most auspicious dates of this cycle. For more on this story, here are some articles from the Indian media:

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