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Unesco honours India's Kumbh Mela with 'intangible cultural heritage' tag

The Kumbh Mela, held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik, represents a syncretic set of rituals related to worship and cleansing in holy rivers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Devotees take a holy dip in the Kshipra during the Simhastha Maha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, on May 6 | PHOTO: PTI
Devotees take a holy dip in the Kshipra during the Simhastha Maha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

India's has been recognised by as an "of humanity", a tweet posted today by the international organisation said.


The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of under the UN body inscribed on the "Representative List of the of Humanity" at its 12th session in Jeju, South Korea. The meeting, which opened on December 4, will end on December 9.

Kumbh Mela, considered the world's largest congregation of religious pilgrims, joins new elements from Botswana, Colombia, Venezuela, Mongolia, Morocco, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates on the list.

Culture Minister tweeted:

The inscription of elements on the list helps countries which are a part of UNESCOs convention for safeguarding cultural heritage to mobilise international cooperation and assistance for ensuring that communities continue to practise and transmit such aspects of their heritage.

The Kumbh Mela, held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik, represents a syncretic set of rituals related to worship and cleansing in holy rivers.

The inscription of was recommended by the expert body which examines in detail nominations submitted by the Member States.

The Committee also took note of the fact that knowledge and skills related to are transmitted through the Guru-Shishya parampara (teacher-student relationship) by way of saints and sadhus teaching their disciples about traditional rituals and chants.

"is considered to be the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, attended by millions irrespective of caste, creed or gender," Sharma tweeted.

First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 17:41 IST
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