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« on: September 13, 2015, 01:16:06 PM »
Fearing stampedes, No Selfie Zone is up at Nashik Kumbh
Enforced by the local administration, the ban in select zones and on specific days was the result of a “human behaviour study” conducted by over 100 volunteers.
Written by Ruhi Bhasin | Mumbai | Published: September 1, 2015 3:42 am


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On August29, pilgrims at the Kumbh Mela came across banners and boards near the ghats in Nashik and Trimbakeshwar carrying an unusual message — No Selfie Zone.

Enforced by the local administration, the ban in select zones and on specific days was the result of a “human behaviour study” conducted by over 100 volunteers who warned officials that selfies could lead to stampedes, particularly during the traditional “Shahi Snan”.

Officials have so far recorded the arrival of 22 lakh pilgrims in Nashik and at least six lakh in Trimbakeshwar ever since the ceremonial flag was hoisted to mark the beginning of the religious congregation on July 14.

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 01:17:24 PM »
The study linking selfies to stampedes was conducted by volunteers linked to Kumbathon-TCS Gappa Goshti platform, an online collaboration to help officials monitor the mela.

“Since July 13, our volunteers on the field have been collecting data which showed that people stop to take selfies. They also climb to dangerous spots to take selfies,” said Sandip Shinde, CEO of Kumbhathon.

According to Nashik municipal commissioner Dr Pravin Gedam, the curb on selfies in select zones and dates was implemented after a meeting with police officers and local authorities.

The ‘No Selfie Zone’ will be strictly maintained during the days of the “Shahi Snan” on September 13 and 18 in Nashik and September 13 and 25 at Trimbakeshwar, officials said.

“They are applicable only on the days of the holy dip (the first one was on August 29) as we don’t want to take away from the festive mood on other days,” Gedam said.


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A Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, poses for a picture after taking a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela

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Leap of faith: Tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take holy dip to celebrate India's Kumbh Mela festival
By NAOMI LEACH FOR MAILONLINE and AP
PUBLISHED: 14:45 GMT, 13 September 2015 | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 14 September 2015


Dreadlocked Indian holy men and Hindu pilgrims washed away their sins with a religious dip during the second Kumbh Mela bathing or Pitcher Festival at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India on Sunday.

Hindu devotees take a holy dip in the waters of Godavari river to celebrate the festival which honours the victory of gods over demons in a furious mythological battle.

The sadhus, or 'Godmen', naked and with their faces painted, danced and chanted alongside tens of thousands of pilgrims celebrating the Shahi Snan, meaning 'royal bath'.

Hindu sects followed one another in shedding their orange robes before splashing joyously into the sacred water at Nashik. Their time to bathe lasted just seconds, however, as hundreds of police officers frantically blew their whistles to signal for them to hastily make way for the next wave of devotees.

The Kumbh Mela -a celebration of faith in which Hindus bathe in a sacred river - is held every third year and is rotated between four holy sites.

As a result, it takes place at Nashik every 12 years and although it isn't on the same scale as the editions on the Ganges at Haridwar and the Saraswati at Allahabad, it still draws millions of pilgrims.

Nashik is unique out of the four venues in that it has two main bathing sites, the Godavari river in Nashik and nearby Trimbakeshwar temple ghat, stretching the emergency services across a wide area.

The Kumbh Mela has its origins in Hindu mythology, which describes how a few drops of the nectar of immortality fell on all of the places that host the festival, the fourth being Ujjain in central India.

Between eight and 10 million pilgrims are expected to attend the two-month-long Hindu festival this year.

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Hindu devotees give a holy dip to their Guru on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari in Nasik, India


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Hindus believe taking a dip in the waters of a holy river during the festival, will cleanse them of their sins

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According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them immortality



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