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Religious devotion.

Posted by Exile on January 4, 2007

Or suicide by worship?

It isn’t only the moonbats who go out on a yearly mind-bender to their God/prophet/whatever. The Hajj has a bigger festival to compete with, as far as numbers go. Right now in India the Hindus are on the move to go bathe in the most polluted waters on the planet. The river Ganges.

In 2001, 100,000,000 Hindus turned up for the festival. Predictions this year are around 70,000,000. The festival is called Maha Kumbh and has two forms of celebration. The Ard-Mela and the Maha Kumbh Mela. The Ard Mela is a kind of secondary festival held as a half way celebration between the big Maha Kumbh Melas. Apparently there are 4 holy cities and they rotate the festival every three years, meaning each city gets visited every twelve years. Each city holds a “Ard Mela” six years after its big celebratrion. It all sounds a bit complicated to me but hey, you worship your Gods your way.

And what would I know. I ain’t no Hindu, Jack.

I found a time table on a website concerning divine revelations. This may clarify the timing of these events.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (“great festival of the pot of nectar of immortality”) is held every three years in each of four different locations, returning to each of four places every twelve years. An Ardh (half) Mela (festival) takes place six years after the Maha Kumbh in each location.

* The next Ardh (half) Mela (festival) will be held January 2007 at Allahabad. Main bathing date: Jan. 19.
* In 2010, March-April, Maha Kumbh Mela will be held at Haridwar in the foothills of the Himalayas. Main bathing date: April 14.
* In 2013, Maha Kumbh Mela will be held in Allahabad (Prayag), Jan. 27 to Feb. 25. Main bathing date: Feb. 10.
* In 2015, Maha Kumbh Mela will be held Aug. 15 to Sept. 13. Main bathing date: Sept. 13.
* In 2016, Maha Kumbh Mela will be held April 22 to May 21. Main bathing date: May 21.

Right. Everybody still with me? OK. Back to the celebrations.

“The great festival of the pot of nectar of immortality”.

(Wow. Now that’s a title. And all I get is “Christmas” or “Easter”…!)

The Hindu faith believes that washing oneself in the holy river Ganges will cleanse you of all your sins. A bit like baptism I suppose. Praise the Lord and pour water on me. There is only one problem with all this. At least for the Hindus. The Ganges recieves 300 million gallons of effluent a day. That’s raw sewage, baby. Now it may wash away your sins, but it ain’t exactly healthy, is it? Recent water samples collected in Varanasi revealed fecal-coliform counts of about 50,000 bacteria per 100 milliliters of water, 10,000% higher than the government standard for safe river bathing. The result of this pollution is an array of water-borne diseases including cholera, hepatitis, typhoid and amoebic dysentery. An estimated 80% of all health problems and one-third of deaths in India are attributable to water-borne diseases. Add to that the fact that the Ganges is also full of dead animals, toxic waste, rotting human remains floating down it on their final journey to Nirvanha or wherever, and you see what I mean. Not exactly my idea of a cleansing bath. I am glad I am not of the Hindu persuasion. I could not think of a worse situation than having to soak myself in all that crap to fulfill my religious obligations.

Compared to that, a pilgrimage to Canterbury or Jerusalem sounds positively boring.

The Hajj only has to worry about stampeding moonbats throwing stones at make believe devils.
The Maha Kumbh sounds like a much more risky, if not deadly, affair.

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