Covid-19: In a first, duration of Haridwar’s Kumbh Mela curtailed to one month. The process usually lasts about three and a half months. Its final program was held in Haridwar from January 14 to April 28, 2010.
The ‘Kumbh Mela’ term in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar has been reduced to one month for the first time in its history due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, the PTI reported on Thursday. Yesterday, the Uttarakhand government forced its volunteers to submit a negative report of RT-PCR no more than 72 hours by visiting the next mega church.
The process usually lasts about three and a half months. Its final program was held in Haridwar from January 14 to April 28, 2010. According to a new proclamation, the congregation on the Ganges coast at Haridwar in Uttarakhand will now begin on April 1 to 30, with three ‘shahi snan’ (big baths) taking place on April 12, 14 and 27.
The temple town of Haridwar is in the final stages of preparations for the ‘Kumbh Mela’, scheduled for April 1. On the other hand, the Covid-19 cases in Uttarakhand, which sit for a few months, also show a growing trend over time. 200 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Wednesday, a number found in Haridwar (71 cases). Dehradun, the state’s capital in the winter, reported 63 cases, and about 22 cases were reported from Nainital, according to a report by the Covid-19 control panel.
The growing number of cases creates a cause for concern in management as thousands of volunteers dive into the sacred river during the stand, where their number increases exponentially in the days of ‘shahi snan’. Authorities also expect more people to be present during the Chaitra Pratipada on April 13 and Ram Navami on April 21.
Kumbh Kshetra (area) includes Neergarh, Tapovan, Bitthal Ashram Marg to Muni-Ki-Reti Road and Rishi-Haridwar in the north; and Narendra Nagar-Rishikesh bypass, forest reserve on Rishikesh-Dehradun Road, Rishikesh-Haridwar bypass, Mansa Devi, Billkeshwar Mandir, Tibri Mohand, BHEL residential buildings, Roorkee-Bahadarabad road up to 13 km west of Haridwar-Delhi. To the south, the site of the congregation will move from Bahadarabad-Haridwar bypass to Siddha Sot Setu and from Siddha Sot Setu to Neelkanth Mahadev temple to the east.
Shortly after taking office as Uttarakhand’s Prime Minister, Tirath Singh Rawat had said he was not obliged to bring a negative report on RT-PCR testing to volunteers gathered at Kumbh. It is a religious event that comes once every 12 years and devotees can attend it freely, he said. However, he later ordered strict adherence to guidelines issued by the central government due to ongoing cases.