From pariah to demi-god - transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival - World - News Summed Up

From pariah to demi-god - transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival - World


PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) - In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader and a former reality TV star, has become an unlikely icon at India's Kumbh Mela, a huge religious festival being held on the banks of the Ganges river in the city of Prayagraj. Up to 150 million people are expected to attend by the time the festival ends in March.


Source: The Star January 20, 2019 05:26 UTC



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