The Greatest Gathering

The Greatest Gathering Every 12 years, the Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela brings tens of millions of people to the Ganges, the biggest organised gathering on the planet. A visual treat, this report explores the mind-boggling event.
During the festival the Mela area becomes an incredible pop-up city, with improvised accommodation and amenities for a vast influx of visitors. "The government gives a lot, it is so well organised", smiles one pilgrim. Yet the festival has its dangers; 36 were killed in a stampede earlier this month. Can the authorities ever safely control the world's largest crowd?

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