ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The World's Biggest Religious Event

Updated on June 19, 2013

Welcome to India's Kumbh Mela Festival

Wow. New York City is about 10 million people-old, young, of all types, now, multiply that by eight. That is an incredible number to fathom that will travel days for many miles to reach the Hindu festival along the Ganges River in Allahabad, India. At any one time during the event there will be 500,000 there- think two Sacramento's. When the event occurs, every year on February 15th, on that day, some 15 million will be there-along the banks of dirty, filthy, Ganges River. Forget about the religious aspects of it, think just functional. India usually has some 83 ambulances, 250 doctors, 14,000 policemen, five bomb squads and 200 police boats to control the human mass.

Incredible!

Okay, so, just why do millions go there and cause a massive logistical problem for the Indian government? To wash whatever sins away under the perfect astrological conditions in Ganges. Oh, what about health safety issues?

To prepare for this, after all, not everyone attending has a health safety consciousness as in other cultures. To battle flies, 400 men will spray 28 tons of bleaching powder along with DDT over 250 garbage pits over the two month astrological window of time deemed to clean your sins. To combat the 56 tons of garbage, an army of 6000 people will collect it and put it in 4000 chemically treated pits. Human waste will be buried.

Being an outsider, the numbers alone for this 55 day event are staggering and how can it be less than disgusting when you think that the river is already one of India's most polluted. Now, you are adding more feces and chemicals into the real brew of waste. One might call this beloved custom a "fatal attraction to those attending". One wonders how cannot a deadly pandemic stem from this 2000 year old tradition. How can it NOT happen? Maybe God listens when 80 million pray.

The city sponsoring it has 28 departments involved. Additional electricity is required also, this will be provided by 45 diesel generators that attach to a grid with 100 connection points, 52 substations and 2100 miles of cable. Some of the roads had to be beefed up with 100 miles of double steel plating and 25000 street lights were also installed. That is not all. To provide water, an additional 466 miles of pipe were laid to create a capacity of 21 million gallons of water daily. Over 40000 toilets were also placed.

All these numbers a of a dizzy and mesmerizing nature. If this event ends without a major issue, it will be a miracle.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)