There are several fairs or melas around the world but nothing beats the Kumbh, Mela. It is the largest religious gathering that happens every year in Haridwar. People from different parts come to visit here. You will get almost all the things here. Haridwar is considered to be the gateway of heaven according to the belief of Hindus.
In the event of these Kumbh Melas, Hindu proponents come to rinse their sins or guilt away by taking a holy dive in the religious and holy Ganga waters of the rivers. Haridwar Mahakumbh 2021 preparations are in the final stages. This year everything changed. Due to the COVID-19 which came into the world and shattered everything. Considering the things of coronavirus, our government has made some policies so that everyone can remain safe and protected.
What is Kumbh Mela?
Kumbh Mela is one of the greatest pilgrimage festivals that is celebrated by the Hindus. It is commemorated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites. The places are in Allahabad which is the Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers convergence, secondly in Haridwar which is in the river Ganga, in Nashik near the Godavari river, and in Ujjain which is in Shipra.
In 2021, the Kumbh Mela will be held for a shorter period than the earlier years due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. The Uttarakhand government has published that the Maha Kumbh will be only for 30 days. It will be governed from April 1 to April 30, 2021. The last Kumbh Mela was commemorated in Haridwar from Makar Sankranti i.e. January 14, 2010, to Shakh Purnima Snan, April 28, 2010.
Rules and Regulations of the Government Regarding the Kumbh Mela?
Our government became very strict regarding the Kumbh Mela. The government concluded that Kumbh Mela should be held from 1st April. They reduced the period due to the safety rules. It was decided that there would be no Kumbh Mela this but things changed. On the demand of the nation, the government decided to reduce the period. Chief Secretary Omprakash announced that given Mahakumbh, there was a request for the vaccine from the central government under which 1,46,000 vaccines have been obtained. The breadwinners of Mforakumbh along with the workers who are working in Kumbh also be vaccinated. Vaccine workers will be examined and if all the reports become negative then only they will work.
Arrangements for Buses and Trains Facilities by the Government During Kumbh Mela?
The Chief Secretary already announced that there will be no special trains and buses will be provided during the Kumbh Mela. Previously, there were so many trains and buses were added so that people could enjoy the ritual ceremony. This time, the government has strictly announced that there will be no arrangements provided. If anyone wants to come then they have to arrange their vehicles by themselves.
Previously, Mr Ravi Shankar, who was the Haridwar District Magistrate said that pilgrims should possess the entry passes to get permission for Kumbh. The passes will only be given if the reports are found negative. Those who are without passes will be prohibited.
The Bath Dates Of Kumbh Mela 2021
Due to the COVID-19, the royal bath has also been reduced. Previously 4 royal bath ceremonies took place, but now everything has changed. The government decided that there will be 3 royal baths. The dates are mentioned below.
|Somvati Amamvasya (Shahi Snan)||12 April 2021|
|Baisakhi (Shahi Snan)||14 April 2021|
|Ram Navami (Snan)||21 April 2021|
|Chaitra Purnima (Shahi Snan)||27 April 2021|
The dates were declared so that people could come and take baths on those days.
We will discuss some of the dos and don’ts of Kumbh Mela.
- Follow all the safety rules of the COVID-19.
- Wear masks and sanitisers.
- Please maintain all the guidelines given by the government.
- Try to cooperate with the departments.
- Carry your mobile phone and purse carefully. Reach to the lost and found section if any of your near and dear ones lost.
Not to Do
- Try not to pollute the river by throwing unnecessary items.
- Don’t talk with strangers and don’t eat anything.
- Don’t carry such items.
- Don’t avoid the guidelines of the government.
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The scenario of the Kumbh Mela has changed completely this year. However, our government has decided some guidelines and as a law-abiding citizen we should follow all the rules.