As India battles a second COVID wave, scores of devotees gathered at 'Har ki Pauri' in Uttarakhand's Haridwar on April 12 for the Ganga aarti. Large number of devotees offered prayers during the on-going Kumbh Mela. However, social distancing norms were flouted and several of the devotees were seen without masks. According to Kumbh Mela Police Control Room, a total of 31 lakh devotees have taken 'snan' in and around the Kumbh Mela area, till 6 pm today.
Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela on April 12. COVID protocols were flouted as devotees performed the rituals. Appreciating the efforts of police, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that as it was a peak day therefore, it was hard to make people follow it. DGP Ashok Kumar said, "Maha Kumbh has been challenging for the country, Uttarakhand Police is comparatively small in strength but Maha Kumbh takes place on that very scale. It was a challenging day for us. The crowd is a little less due to COVID. We have tried our best that the behaviour is right and COVID protocols are followed. Today is a peak day so it is not possible to make them follow protocols. The footfall is 50% less than what we were expecting this year due to COVID pandemic." Uttarakhand has over 7,000 active cases in the state.
Amid rising Covid cases, lakhs of devotees gathered in Haridwar for Mahakumbh. People were seen offering prayers & taking a holy dip at Har Ki Pauri ghat. Sadhus participated in the second 'shahi snan' of Mahakumbh at Har Ki Pauri ghat. Sadhus of Niranjani Akhara took a holy dip in River Ganga in Haridwar. Sadhus of Juna Akhara also participated in 'shahi snan' at Har ki Pauri ghat. Earlier, Kumbh Mela Inspector said it’s difficult to ensure social distancing. “It is very difficult to ensure social distancing at ghats. 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," said Sanjay Gunjyal. The duration of Mahakumbh has been curtailed to one month due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch the full video for more.
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Coronavirus cases are on uphill across country as second wave of pandemic tightens its grip. In wake of the rising infections, after Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad have also imposed night curfew. Night restrictions also imposed in Lucknow and Prayagraj. "Night curfew has been imposed till further orders, all essential services have been exempted but in order to prove they must have proper permission and Id-card with them," said Ranvijay Singh ADCP Noida.
Nurses of Moti Lal Nehru Medical College halted services and protested on March 15 in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj. The protest came after one of nurses alleged that she was slapped by a junior doctor following a verbal altercation. "Nurse has complained. Action to be taken after we speak to the doctor," said a hospital staff.
Preparations are underway for Kumbh Mela 2021 which is to be held from April 1 to 30 in Haridwar. The Uttarakhand government has decided to limit the religious congregation this year to 30 days. Kumbh attendees will have to pre-register at a portal and have Covid-19 negative report. Hand sanitiser stalls have also been put up at several places across the Mela area, which spreads over Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal and Dehradun districts of Uttarakhand. “The first holy bath is on ‘Shivratri’, all preparations have been done for it. All in all, we have assigned duties to security personnel at the routes. Changing rooms and hand washing stations have been built in places. We would have volunteers who would keep sanitising the area,” Kumbh Mela officer Deepak Rawat said. Kumbh Mela religious pilgrimage witnesses one of the largest mass gatherings. It is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years and spans four locations namely Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik.
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Devotees from across the country took holy dips today on the occasion of magh purnima, the full moon night in the magha month of the hindu calender. The devotees in Prayagraj and Haridwar were seen observing the holy occasion by offering diyas in the water. Magh Purnima is the night of the full moon in the Hindu month of Magha.
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Newly appointed Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat showered flower petals on devotees at Har Ki Pauri in Uttarakhand's Haridwar on March 11. He showered petals on devotees on the auspicious..