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India’s Kumbh Mela festival features 1st ever transgender congregation

(photo: Murali Krishnan) Millions of people come and go each day during the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu festival held four times over the course of every 12 years, rotating among four sites where pilgrims come to wash away their sins in the waters of sacred rivers. This year’s mela, or fair, which began in January, is being held at Prayagraj, at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers. For the first time in its history, the festival has cleared the way for a transgender group of sadhus (saints) to participate. The camp of the newly […]

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