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UNESCO names Kumbh Mela Intangible Cultural Heritage (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I)

Largest congregation of pilgrims
After ‘yoga’ and ‘Nouroz’, Kumbh Mela/ KumbhMela, the largest congregation of pilgrims on the planet, has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

The Ministry of External Affairs said the inscription of ‘Kumbh Mela’ in the list was undertaken following recommendation by an expert body which examines nominations submitted by member countries of the UNESCO.

Who approves the status of site?
“The Intergovernment Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO has inscribed ‘Kumbh Mela’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 12th session held at Jeju, South Korea from 4-9 December 2017. This inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of ‘Yoga’ and ‘Norouz’ on 1st December 2016,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in a press statement.

The Kumbh Mela is held in Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik after every 3 years. Thus, there are four kumbh melas in 12 years.

 (Adapted from The Hindu)



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