Chardham Yatra resumed for pilgrims of Uttarakhand from July 01. The pilgrimage remained shut for months to curb the spread of COVID-19. The pilgrims visiting the temples will be limited and they will not be allowed to enter some parts of the temples. Wearing masks, sanitising hands and maintaining social distance will be mandatory during the pilgrimage.
Monsoon has knocked over most of the states of the country. Parts of Hyderabad received pleasant rain on June 29. Rains also lashed Uttarakhand's Dehradun. India Meteorological Department has predicted "rain or thunderstorm or duststorm" in the city today. Patna also witnessed monsoon rains which dipped the temperature of city. Meanwhile, Bihar continued to reel under heavy rainfall which has created waterlogging in several parts. West Bengal's Asansol witnessed waterlogged roads after heavy rainfall in the city.
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has produced at least one beauty trend. Allure reports "donation haircut after social distancing" has become a thing. Instagram and Twitter are flooded with images of people, many of them in salons in masks, proudly showing off their before and after shots. They often hold their lobbed off ponytails and braids that will be sent off to charity organizations.
Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on July 05 stated that criminal case will be filed against those private hospitals that refuse to admit COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Karnataka has reached 21,549.
For the first time in years, Mathura's famous Guru Purnima Fair has been cancelled due to COVID crisis. Temples in Mathura wore a deserted look. All shrines across country were shut to control the pace of coronavirus spread. Thousands of devotees, from all parts of country used to attend 'Mudia Mela'.
Indian Americans have called for 'Boycott China', a protest demonstration against China at the iconic Times Square in New York. This protest comes in the aftermath of the deadly border clash in the Himalayas that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and 76 injured. Despite the impact of coronavirus in New York, the demonstration saw dozens of Indian origin Americans standing in solidarity with members of the Tibetan community and Taiwanese Americans. Since the Galwan standoff between India and China, anti-China protests have broken out in several cities in the United States and scenes in New York looked no different as people were seen holding placards, raising the Indian and Tibetan national flags along with chanting pro-India and anti-china slogans. The protestors believe that even though the "boycott China" campaign has already been more successful than anticipated, there is still a lot to be done apart from simply stalling the use of Chinese products.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel at Ladakh performed yoga at an altitude of 18,000 feet, in sub-zero temperatures, on International Yoga Day on June 21. At Khardung La also, ITBP personnel were seen performing yoga 'asanas'. Arunachal Pradesh's Lohitpur also witnessed ITBP personnel carrying out yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day. ITBP personnel, deployed at India-China border, performed yoga at an altitude of 14,000 feet at Vasudhara glacier near Badrinath.
Temples will close their doors for devotees ahead of solar eclipse, which will take place on June 21. Eclipses are believed to bring negative effects and harmful radiations. Portals of Badrinath and Kedarnath will remain closed from 10 pm today. Devotees will not be allowed for darshan in Bengaluru temples from June 21 morning.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 10 conducted a review of the Kedarnath Math development and reconstruction project with the Uttarakhand state government via video conferencing. Laying out his vision for the reconstruction of the shrine, PM said that the Uttarakhand government should envision and design development projects for holy sites like Kedarnath and Badrinath in a way and manner that stands the test of time and is yet eco-friendly. As part of specific suggestions, he also gave directions for further development of other heritage and religious spots in the stretch extending from Ramban to Kedarnath.
Famous hill shrine of Badrinath opened on May 15, however without grand ceremony without pilgrims. On June 8, pilgrims will be allowed to visit the temple in accordance to MHA's guidelines. Temple authorities are taking measures to maintain social distancing. Uttarakhand has recorded 869 cases of coronavirus as of June 7. Locals are not in favour of Yatra this year due to COVID scare.