HUGE PROCESSION OF HOLY MEN HELD IN ALLAHBAD DURING THE KUMBH MELA.
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INTRO:A huge procession of holy men held in India's northern city of Allahabad as part of a ritual celebrating "Maha khumbh" (Pitcher fair), one of the largest-ever gathering of human beings.
ALLAHABAD (JANUARY 10, 2001) (RTN-ACCESS ALL)
1. HOLY MEN RIDING ELEPHANTS IN A PROCESSION
2. HOLY MEN SITTING ON AN ELEPHANT
3. A HOLY MAN DANCING WITH A SWORD
4. CLOSE UP OF A DRUM BEING BEATEN
5. A MAN BEATING THE DRUM
6. ANOTHER MAN BEATING A DRUM
7. A "NAGA SADHU" (A NAKED SAGE) WALKING
8. A DECORATED HORSE
9. A SAGE SITTING ON THE HORSE
10. ANOTHER SAGE SMOKING "CHILAM" (A KIND OF DRUG)
11. THE SAGE SMOKING CHILAM WHILE SITTING ON A HORSE
12. CLOSE UP OF A MAN WATCHING THE PROCESSION WITH FOLDED HANDS
13. LONG OF ANOTHER HOLY MAN SITTING ON ROOF OF A VAN WITH HIS DISCIPLES
14. CLOSE UP OF THE HOLY MAN
15. WOMEN STANDING IN SUPPLICATION
16. CLOSE UP OF A WOMAN STANDING IN SUPPLICATION
17. CLOSE UP OF A HOLY MAN
18. THE HOLY MAN SITTING ON A CHARIOT
19. MORE HOLY MAN PARTICIPATING IN THE PROCESSION
20. CLOSE UP OF A HOLY MAN WEARING GARLANDS
21. A MAN BEATING A DRUM
22. CLOSE UP OF A HOLY WOMAN
23. THE HOLY WOMAN WITH OTHER HOLY MEN
24. CLOSE UP OF A SAGE SITTING ON A CHARIOT
25. A FOREIGNER STANDING WITH FOLDED HANDS
26. FOREIGNERS LOOKING AT THE PROCESSION
27. HOLY MEN WALKING
28. CLOSE UP OF A HOLY MAN
29. SAGES SITTING ON HORSES
30. LONG OF THE PROCESSION
31. THE PROCESSION MOVING
32. PEOPLE SITTING ON A MOVING VEHICLE
33. ARMY PERSONNEL STANDING
34. LONG OF THE PROCESSION
35. A MAN PICKING UP SOIL FROM WHERE THE PROCESSION PASSED
36. PEOPLE BOWING THEIR HEADS ON THE ROAD
37. (SOUNDBITE) (English) A FOREIGN TOURIST SAYING: "This is the largest gathering of umanity at one spot and though I am not a Hindu, I have great respect for Hindu faith and I thought hat I should be here. I am a Christian, so I am here with my Hindu brothers and sisters to experience the mela."
38. TRUMPETS BLOWING
39. MEN BLOWING THE TRUMPETS
40. CLOSE UP OF A HOLY MAN
41. HOLY MEN WALKING IN THE PROCESSION
42. HOLY MAN SITTING ON AN ELEPHANT
43. A CHILD, SITTING ON HIS FATHER'S SHOULDERS, WATCHING
44. MUSICIANS PRECEDING THE PROCESSION
45. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) A HINDU SAGE SAYING: "Kumbh mela (pitcher fair) symbolise our ultural heritage. It helps Hindus better acquainted with their culture and tradition. So every system that goes into the fair's arrangement counts."
46. A SWORD-HOLDING HOLY MAN PRECEDING THE PROCESSION
47. CLOSE UP OF THE MAN
48. CLOSE UP OF HIS SWORD
49. HOLY MEN WALKING
50. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) ANOTHER HINDU SAGE SAYING: "The sages and holy men have lways commanded respect since ancient times. They were patronised by kings and rulers. Today's chariot procession is part of that tradition. Considering the loss of faith in modern age the procession is an attempt to revive the old value system.
51. MODEL OF A "KUMBH" OR HUGE PITCHER ON A VEHICLE
52. THE PROCESSION MOVING
STORY: A huge procession of holy men was held in India's northern city of Allahabad on Wednesday (January 10) as part of a ritual celebrating "Maha khumbh" (Pitcher fair), one of the largest-ever gathering of human beings.
Led by elephants, the procession of at least 5,000 fabulously decorated disciples, brass bands and admirers snaked for two km (1.25 miles) along the road leading down to the sangam, or confluence of rivers.
The most revered sadhus are the Nagas, or unclothed, dreadlocked ascetics, many of whom live in remote caves and forests surviving on herbs and roots.
Rival brotherhoods of sadhus have been known to clash at melas, particularly over who will take the plunge into the river first on auspicious days.
More than 20,000 police personnel, including forces from outside the state, have been deployed in the festival area, which stretches across some 1,396 hectares of flood plain.
Hundreds of people from around the globe have descended on the holy Hindu city of Allahabad, drawn by devotion and curiosity to what has been billed as the largest-ever gathering of human beings.
Americans and Europeans, many of them ardent followers of sages, seers and yogis, were among the estimated 2.5 million pilgrims who took a dip at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers on the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela (Grand Pitcher Festival).
"This is the largest gathering of humanity at one spot and though I am not a Hindu, I have great respect for Hindu faith and I thought that I should be here. I am a Christian, so I am here with my Hindu brothers and sisters to experience the mela," said a foreign tourist.
Some of the foreigners around Allahabad are backpackers who happened to find themselves in India t the right time.
Others have made a special pilgrimage to wash away their sins, end the cycle of reincarnation on this earth and speed their way to nirvana, or the after-life.
The procession is seen as symbolising the Hindu culture.
"Kumbh mela (pitcher fair) symbolise our cultural heritage. It helps Hindus better acquainted with their culture and tradition. So every system that goes into the fair's arrangement counts," said a Hindu sage.
Another sage said: "The sages and holy men have always commanded respect since ancient times. They were patronised by kings and rulers. Today's chariot procession is part of that tradition. Considering the loss of faith in modern age the procession is an attempt to revive the old value system."
Officials at the Mela, which takes place in the northern Indian city of Allahabad once every 12 years, said up to three million people had taken a dip on Tuesday as a vast township of riverside tents sprung to life.
The next big "bathing day" falls on January 14 when, according to Hindu astrology, the Sun enters the Capricorn constellation. It could draw at least five million devotees and will be the first severe test for security and crowd control arrangements.
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