Wash and Go
A contingent of water police, keeping watch from boats, intend to keep the
duration of pilgrims' baths in check. Each bather will be limited to a quick
immersion lasting between five and seven minutes.
Pass the Evian
Even the saints seem to have lost faith in the fabled purity of the Ganga
river. After the ritual bath and other activities at the confluence, many
holy men were seen drinking bottled mineral water.
Some enterprising individuals were seen to be making a quick buck through
the sale of mud and cow dung, both in great demand by mela-goers. Both
commodities are being sold at exorbitant rates in the mela area.
Watch Your Step
Special minesweepers from the Indian Army have been commissioned to keep the
vast 6000-acre Kumbh Mela area free of explosives. The actions have been
prompted by concern that such a large assembly of people could be a target
Please, We're Indian
A woman from Mexico took her fellow pilgrims by surprise when she began to
bathe in the nude. As thousands watched on, the 24-year-old was promptly
swaddled in blankets by alert policewomen, who escorted the woman back to
The busiest days of the Mela are predicted to be January 24, when 30 million
bathers are expected, and January 29, with another 15 million pilgrims.