Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021: 2nd Shahi Snan today; Mela inspector says difficult to ensure social distancing at 'Har Ki Pauri'
Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021: Second Shahi Snan of Kumbh Mela 2021 is today April 12. First Shahi Snan of Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 was on March 11 on the asupicious occasion of Maha Shivratri
Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021: Second Shahi Snan of Kumbh Mela 2021 is today April 12. First Shahi Snan of Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 was on March 11 on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri
Meanhwile Kumbh Mela Inspector General (IG) Sanjay Gunjyal admitted that it is difficult to ensure social distancing norms during the second `Shahi snan`, where massive crowds have gathered to take a holy dip in River Ganga at Har Ki Pauri in Uttarakhand`s Haridwar.
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"We are continuously appealing to people to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. But due to the huge crowd, it is practically not possible to issue challans today. It is very difficult to ensure social distancing at ghats," Gunjyal said.
"A stampede-like situation may arise if we would try to enforce social distancing at ghats so we are unable to enforce social distancing here," he said.
Devotees on Monday took a holy dip in River Ganga at Har Ki Pauri in Uttarakhand`s Haridwar on the occasion of the second `shahi snan` in Kumbh.
Gunjyal said, "General public will be allowed here till 7 am. After that, this area will be reserved for akharas".
The first bath was held on March 11 on the occasion of Mahashivratri, while the second will be held today and on April 14, the third royal bath will be taken by the 13 Akhadas.
Uttarakhand reported 1,333 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday taking the total number of the cases in the state to 1,08,812. The active cases in the state now stand at 7,323.
Four Shahi Snans in Kumbh Mela 2021 will be held on:
1 First Shahi Snan- 11th March- Shivratri
2 Second Shahi Snan- 12th April Somvati Amavasya
3 Third Shahi Snan- 14th April- Makar Sankranti
4 Fourth Shahi Snan- 27th April- Baisakh Purnima
Of total 9 Ganga Snan this year, now only 4 snans are left. Below are the dates of Haridwar Kumbh Mela Ganga Snan 2021:
1 January 14, 2021- Makar Sakranti Snan
2 February 11, 2021- Mauni Amavasya Snan
3 February 16, 2021- Basant Panchami Snan
4 February 27, 2021- Magh Poornima Snan
5 March 11, 2021- Maha Shivratri Snan
6 April 12, 2021- Somvati Amamvasya Snan
7 April 14, 2021- Baisakhi Snan
8 April 21, 2021- Ram Navami Snan
9 April 27, 2021- Chaitra Purnima Snan
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