- Ganga bath of devotees banned in Haridwar
- Devotees will not be able to take a dip of faith even in Rishikesh
- No guideline came on Varanasi, strictness in Prayagraj
Amidst the Corona crisis, the country is going to celebrate the holy festival of Makar Sankranti on 14 January. There is an old tradition of taking a dip of faith in the Ganges on this day. People come from every corner of the country to take a dip in the Ganges. But this time because the third wave of Corona is wreaking havoc, many restrictions have been imposed by the administration. Bathing has been banned at some places and other restrictions have been imposed at some places.
There is a complete ban on bathing in the Ganges in Haridwar on January 14 on Makar Sankranti. Haridwar DM Vinay Shankar Pandey has put a ban on the bathing of devotees on that day. Devotees coming from outside states and other districts have also not been allowed. Bathing has been banned on the occasion of Makar Sankranti only to prevent people from gathering in mass.
Corona cases are increasing rapidly in Rishikesh. In such a situation, the administration there has also completely banned bathing in all the ghats. Here too on January 14, no devotee will be able to take a bath in the Ganges. Devotees are definitely disappointed with the decision of the administration, but it is being considered as a necessary step in the midst of the Corona crisis.
Ban has not been imposed in Prayagraj, UP, but many restrictions have been activated. It has been informed that thermal scanning of devotees coming to Magh Mela will be done from time to time. Masks will be distributed and public address system ie sound will be made aware. At the same time, the Kovid test of the employees, sailors and co-drivers doing duty in the fair will be mandatory. Apart from all this, those who want to stay there for a whole month, they will also have to bring the RTPCR report of Corona with them. It has also been told that this time the number of Ghats has been increased so that large crowd of devotees does not gather.
No clear guideline has been put forward regarding Varanasi so far. Since the active cases have now exceeded 1600, many other restrictions have been imposed. But a decision is yet to be taken regarding bathing in the Ganges during Makar Sankranti. In this regard, Varanasi District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said that the final decision has not been taken regarding Makar Sankranti. Since Magh Mela is also to be held in Prayagraj, guidelines are being called from there as to what arrangements have been implemented there. There is an advisory to the devotees coming from outside that they should not come and gather at one place. Wherever the Ganges flows in the village, people should take bath there.
A large number of devotees reach Brijghat of Garhmukteshwar to bathe in the Ganges and take a dip of faith in the Ganges. But this time due to Corona guidelines, many restrictions have been imposed. It has been clearly said that no crowd will be allowed to gather at any ghat. Apart from this, entry at the ghat will also be available to only those people who have put on a mask. It has also been made mandatory to sanitize everyone’s hands after bath.
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