New Delhi, April 21 2021 || Ajeet Nair

Synopsis:
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has defended Haridwar Kumbh Mela amid demands to cancel the mega event in view of the Covid pandemic. Rawat has convened a high-level meeting on Friday to discuss the issue. The issue of scarcity of Remdisivir in the state is also expected to be discussed in the high-level meeting.

People participating in the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar were seen openly tossing Covid-19 protocol with No masks, no social distancing. The state administration said it’s trying its best, but there are limitations in handling such large gatherings, and enforcing social distancing is very challenging.

Of course, the Uttarakhand government made tall claims that it would ensure the best arrangements are in place to manage the crowds. But ground reality in Haridwar on Monday was quite different.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has defended Haridwar Kumbh Mela amid demands to cancel the mega event given the Covid pandemic. Rawat has convened a high-level meeting on Friday 16APR to discuss the issue. The issue of scarcity of Remdisivir in the state is also expected to be discussed in the high-level meeting.

Haridwar reported 594 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday 13APR, thus, taking the number of active cases to 2,812. Haridwar’s coronavirus count was 408 on Monday 12APR. According to sources, the total number of people who tested positive for Covid19 went up to more than 2000 on 17APR and this figure is likely to increase if immediate measures are not taken.

Rawat had earlier defended the Kumbh Mela and asked people to not compare it with the Nizamuddin Markaz. “There should be no comparison between Kumbh and Markaz. The Markaz was held in a closed space, in a Kothi-like structure whereas the Kumbh is being held in the open on the sprawling ghats of the Ganga,” he said on a weekly talk show organised Hindustan Times.

The chief minister was replying to a question as to why the two religious events should not be equated (Nizamuddin Markaz and Kumbh) as Kumbh also draws crowds and could strengthen the second wave of the coronavirus infection. It is rather ironic and sad when the Chief Minister of the state makes such statements, making religious sentiments stronger and valuable than human lives.

Uttarakhand has been witnessing a constant rise in Covid cases. On Thursday, the state recorded 1714 cases. There are 12,484 active cases in Uttarakhand as of now.

On Saturday 17APR, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, had a telephonic conversation with Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Poojya Swamy Avdheshanand Giri Ji and asked about the health of all the Sants. He thanked the Sant Samaj for their full cooperation with the administration.

At the same time, Prime Minister requested to keep Kumbh symbolic from now on as two Shahi Snans have already taken place. This will strengthen the fight against the pandemic.

First Shahi Snan – Thursday, 11 March 2021 Mahashivratri
Mahashivratri: Ganga’s presence on earth is attributed to Lord Shiva, who held her in his matted locks as she descended from heaven with an enormous force. A holy dip on this day is believed to be a unique spiritual experience.

Second Shahi Snan – Monday, 12 April 2021 Somvati Amavasya
Somvati Amavasya: Ganga bath has special significance on Somavati Amavasya. It is believed that the moon is the factor of water, the attainment of water and Somanasha is considered as Amrit on Amavasya

Third Shahi Snan – Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Mesh sankraanti & Baisakhi
Mesh Sankranti: On this auspicious day, the water of rivers turns into nectar. According to astrology, a holy dip in the holy Ganges on this day can undo the sins of many lives.

Fourth Shahi Snan – Tuesday, 27 April 2021 Chaitra Poornima
Chaitra Poornima: This is one of the most important days for bathing in the holy Ganges and is popularly referred to as the day of ‘Amrit Yoga’.

Besides the shahi snan dates when people descend in droves on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar for a holy bath, a heavy turnout of devotees is also expected on the occasion of Chaitra Pratipada on April 14 and Ram Navami on April 21.

Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years, to celebrate every revolution Brihaspati completes, at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Prayagraj/Allahabad (Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers confluence), Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra). The festival is marked by a ritual dip in the waters, but it is also a celebration of community commerce with numerous fairs, education, religious discourses by saints, mass feedings of monks or the poor, and entertainment spectacle. The seekers believe that bathing in these rivers is a means to prāyaścitta (atonement, penance) for past mistakes and that it cleanses them of their sins.

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