With the resignation of the Pope, people everywhere yesterday were tuned into the front page story of the church leader’s resignation. However, in India, tragedy struck the Kumbh Mela, the Hindu celebration which is known as the largest human congregation on Earth. Hindus from across the globe gather in Allahabad to take a dip in the Ganges River, which is said to turn to nectar and cleanse people of their sins. (Learn more about the Kumbh Mela by exploring this site.)
It was reported that 36 people died from stampedes in the religious chaos, and many blame the police and city, saying that the city should be more prepared for the largest gathering of people in the world. It is truly saddening that such a beautiful ritual has suffered such a loss.
Today I think it is important to keep in our thoughts those people – men, women, and children – who lost their lives celebrating such a joyous occasion.