On 6 February 1989 an estimated fifteen million pilgrims traveled to Allahabad in India on the occasion of the most recent full Kumbh Mela there. According to The Guiness Book of Records, this was the "greatest recorded number of human beings assembled with a common purpose" in history. The next Kumbh Mela will be held in Allahabad in 2001. According to the Tourist Office of the government of the state of Uttar Pradesh, which manages the festival, the main bathing date will be on Mauni Amavasya on 24 January 2001. The same source indicates that 14 January (Makar Sankranti), 24 January, and 29 January 2001 (Basant Panchami) will be the dates of the shahisnans, when the communities of renouncers at the Kumbh march to bathe in the Ganges in grand royal processions. The Web site of the UP Tourist Office lists the following bathing dates:
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Copyright J. E. Llewellyn 2001. Updated 4 September 2002.
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