India's Kumbh Mela crowds can benefit health: study | Asia Pacific

India's Kumbh Mela crowds can benefit health: study

India's Kumbh Mela crowds can benefit health: study

Updated 18 January 2013, 22:30 AEDT

The Indian city of Allahabad is playing host to tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims attending Kumbh Mela.

It's billed as "the biggest gathering on earth", and authorities say 100 million people are taking part.

It's crowded, it's often cold, and many pilgrims camp out for the whole of the 55-day event. It sounds like a public health official's worst nightmare. Not so, according to Narayanan Srinivasan, co-author of an international research study of the Mela and its effects on health.

Presenter: Corinne Podger

Speaker: Professor Narayanan Srinavasan, University of Allahabad

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