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India makes history as transgender community makes first dip at Kumbh Mela

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History was made on Tuesday as Indian transgender community splashed into the waters of Ganges and Yamuna rivers, the first time they had been allowed to do so.

The waters are considered sacred by the Hindu population, and for years and years, the 2-million exceeding transgender community had been barred from offering their religious obligations.

They also took the ritual bath which Hindus believe would rid them of their sins.

“For us, this participation is about mainstream society accepting us. The creator is within us and once we die, we will go back to him. Our doors are open for all,” transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi said about the landmark moment.

A historic moment indeed

Here are some images from the historic event

Transgender community looks ecstatic as they take bath in Ganges. (Photo credits: Chandan Khanna/AFP)

 

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi leads the transgender community for the religious processions (Photo credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP)

 

Transgender community celebrates Kumbh Mela (Photo credits: tnbclive)

‘The most positive story you will see today’

The Kumbh Mela is expected to attract more than 100 million Hindus over the coming seven weeks to bathe at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers.

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