Coronavirus fails to deter massive Hindu Ganges pilgrimage

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UNESCO has recognized the Kumbh Mela as a cultural heritage (file photo)

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  • Thousands of devotees gathered in Haridwar before the start of Kumbh Mela
  • Tomorrow only eight to 10 lakh people will take a dip in the holy Ganges
  • UNESCO recognizes Kumbh Mela as a cultural heritage

Kumbh Mela: Thousands of Hindu pilgrims have gathered on the banks of the Ganga River a day before the start of the Kumbh Mela, ignoring the threat of Corona Virus Scare. Millions of devotees reach the religious festival Kumbh Mela every time. Even though India ranks second in the world in terms of number of corona infects and more than one and a half million people have died due to corona here, the virus has not stopped Hindu devotees from traveling to Kumbh. Siddharth Chakrapani associated with the event says, “There is some concern due to the Korana epidemic but we are taking full precaution.” According to Chakrapani, eight to 10 lakh people are expected to take a dip in the Ganga (Taking a dip in the Ganga River) on the first day itself on Thursday. There is also Makar Sankranti on Thursday.

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He said, ‘I believe’ Maa Ganga ‘will take care of protecting the devotees.’ The Ganges is considered to be a sacred river according to the belief of Hinduism. According to Hindu beliefs, there was a clash between the gods and the demon over an hour of nectar, during which a few drops of amrit kalash fell at four places which in turn host the Kumbh Mela. UNESCO has recognized it as a cultural heritage. The last Kumbh Mela was held in Allahabad in the year 2019, five and a half crore people participated in this religious festival which lasted for more than 48 days.

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This time, the city of North Haridwar is the host of Kumbh, lakhs of devotees are expected to arrive in this holy city of Uttarakhand in the coming weeks. A dip in the Ganges is considered a sacred ceremony among Hindus. Sadhus drinking cannabis are a special attraction of Kumbh Mela, they offer blessings to the devotees who reach for the holy dip. On Wednesday itself, a large number of banks of the river Ganga appeared full of devotees and shopkeepers. People were oblivious to the danger of Corona. A 50-year-old devotee Sanjay Sharma said, “India is not like Europe, we are in a better position when it comes to immunity.”

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