Largest Religious Gathering in the World
Arbaeen; World's Biggest Pilgrimage
1. Arba’een Pilgrimage
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On a particular day religious faithful’s make a grueling foot pilgrimage during Arba’een as millions gather around Husayn Shrine in Karbala. Gathering dates are 20th day of Safar an annual festival in Iraq. Participants to this religious ceremony are Shia Muslims numbering 45 million.
Arbaeen; World's Biggest Pilgrimage
- Arbaeen; World's Biggest Pilgrimage - Tehran Times
It's not the Muslim Hajj, or the Hindu Kumbh Mela. Known as Arbaeen, it is the world's most populous gathering and you've probably never heard of it! Not only does the congregation exceed the number of visitors to Mecca (by a factor of five, in fact)
Shia Islam beliefs involves intercessions, holy book, judgment day and prophet hood of Muhammad. Branches of Shi’I Islam are Ghulat, Twelvers, Zaydi Shia, Batini. Holy days are Eid al-Ghadir, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, Mawlid and Ashura.
This religious ritual is held to commemorate martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. Husayn ibn Ali in 680 is the third Shia Muslim imam. On the fourth day of maythadom faithful’s make the journey on foot to Karbala a place Husayn with companions were beheaded by Yazid I army in the battle of Karbala. With over 25 million pilgrims in 2016 Arba’een pilgrimage is the world’s largest annual gathering of Shia Muslims.
2. Bishwa Ijtema
The history of Bengali Tabhighi Jamaat movement is traced to 1950s notable years 60,62,65,2010,2015. Bishwa Ijtema was first organized 1954 Chittagong then 1956 Narayanganj is believed to be one of the largest peaceful religious gathering in the world.
The word loosely translated as world and peace is organized in Bangladesh. Because of the huge number of faithful’s numbering 2 million (2001) both indigenes and foreigners the government of Bangladesh, road, rail system and army asset in infrastructure.
Infrastructure usually revolves erection of tents, sanitation, movement and security of the people. Districts are involved in crowd control while the government allocate about 160 acres for the event. The event in 2019 had over 5 million attendees and the festival usually run for 3 days however on some occasions because of bad weather lasted only one day.
3. Makara Jyothi (Hinduism)
Hinduism origins are found in historic Vedic religion, Indus Valley Civilization and Tribal religions in India. Main traditions are Smartism, Shakism, Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Deties include Trimurti like Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Others major Devis/Devas are Indra, Agni, Rudra, Vayu. More are Rama, Radha, Durga, Ganesha and Kali amongst others. The concept involves supreme reality, God the mind, liberation and ethics,
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