Sadhus participates in second ‘shahi snan’ of Maha Kumbh at Har Ki Pauri ghat

In the last 24 hours, Uttarakhand reported 1,333 new COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, April 12, Sadhus of Niranjan Akhara participated in the second ‘Shahi Snan’ of Mahakumbh at Hari ka Pauri ghat in Haridwar, Uttarkhand.

On the Occassion of Mahashivratri on 11th April, first ‘Shahi Snan’ took place and third ‘Shahi Snan will take place on 14th April by 13 Akhadas.

Every four years, Kumbh is held periodically at four different locations in Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj and Ujjiain. In normal situation, Kumbh continues for nearly four months but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration of this event reduced to one month.

Kumbh Inspector General Sanjay Gunjyal had said earlier that it is difficult to ensure social distancing as there are massive crowds gathered to take second dip of ‘shahi snan’ at Hari ka Pauri. Sanjay Gunjyal said that “We are continuously appealing to people to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. But due to the huge crowd, it is practically not possible to issue challans today. It is very difficult to ensure social distancing at ghats.”

Gunjyal further added that, “A stampede-like situation may arise if we would try to enforce social distancing at ghats so we are unable to enforce social distancing here.”

The use of Hari Ka Pauri for the public was allowed till 7 am, after that area was reserved for the akharas. Nepal erstwhile King Gyanendra Veer Singh also arrived in Haridwar to participate in the Kumbh.

In last 24 hours, Uttarakhand reported 1,333 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of the cases in the state to 1,08,812. Total active cases in the state now stand at 7,323.

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