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Kumbh is the symbol of the Holy Bath of Faith, as Hindus believe that a dip in the holy waters cleanses them of all their sins and paves the way to salvation. On this pious occasion, a group of about hundred women from lowest ranks of society—the dalits who were earlier known as “untouchable scavengers” and the widows from Vrindavan—took holy bath at the sacred ghat of Kshipra. The dalit women came out of the holy water proclaiming that their low status as “untouchable” has been dissolved in the holy Kshipra river.

Amidst the chanting of Vedic mantras and blowing of conch shells, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak and the volunteers from the Sulabh Family, took the holy dip. The celebrations took place at the Ram ghat of the river Kshipra on the occasion of Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv, Ujjain 2016.