Despite the country’s struggling situation with the COVID-19 surge, more than 21 lakh people took ‘Snan’ in and around the Kumbh Mela area till noon on Monday, 12 April.
The crowd assembled at Har ki Pauri ghat on the river banks to take a holy dip on the occasion violating all COVID-19 norms.
However, on the account of increasing COVID cases, a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours before arrival has been made mandatory for the devotees.
The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage held every 12 years at river ford sites along the Ganges river in India.
While the first bath was held on March 11 on the occasion of Mahashivratri, the third will now take place on April 14.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s last King Gyanendra Veer Vikram Singh has also arrived in Haridwar to participate in the ongoing Kumbh festivities.
During his visit, King Gyanendra met Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Kailashanand Giri Maharaj of Niranjani Akhara at Dakshin Kali Temple and took his blessings
King Gyanendra has reportedly arrived in Haridwar for the first time on the occasion of Kumbh.
Notably, there are six auspicious days during the fair: Magh Purnima (February 27, 2021), Mahashivratri (March 11, 2021), Somvati Amavasya (April 12, 2021), Baisakhi (April 14, 2021), Ram Navmi (April 21, 2021), and Chaitra Purnima (April 27, 2021).
However, this time, it’s not the same as it used to be due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The central and state governments have brought in several guidelines to ensure that the coronavirus safety protocols are followed. This year, the fair will be organized for a shorter span and will take place between April 1 and 30. Usually, the Kumbh continues for nearly four months.