The World’s biggest religious festival that spans 55 days and sees over 100 million people flocking to take a dip in the Holy river Ganges has been claimed healthy by a team of researchers in the country and Britain.
The research entitled “Understanding the Pilgrim Experience” says that despite the cold weather, poor food, risk of contracting diseases and cacophony, a dip in the Ganges improves levels of mental and physical well-being. It also added that while some might fall ill and feel worse than before, the Mela gathering is, for others, a source of boost of mental and physical strength.
Social scientists from 4 British and 5 Indian universities said that the shared group experience of enduring hardships outweighed physical discomfort of any kind.
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