India News:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke to Swami Avdheshanand Giri of Juna Akhara to curb the Kumbh Mela processions amid the fast spreading second wave of COVID-19 virus. PM Modi in a tweet told that he has let Swami Avdheshanand Giri know of the critical situation and to ask his followers to maintain the necessary discipline.
Following PM Modi’s request to him, Swami Avdheshanand himself requested pilgrims to avoid coming in large numbers to take a dip in the holy water. The ongoing Kumbh Mela draws pilgrims and devotees from the all over the country and happens at an area of 670 hectares over Haridwar, Tehri, Dehradun and Rishikesh.
The maha event with such mega gathering has been drawing criticisms from parts of the society and politics for openly violating the disciplines that has to be maintained necessarily during pandemics like now.
Between April 10th – April 14th, over 1700+ people who attended the Kumbh Mela festival of Haridwar, tested positive for COVID-19, thus labelling itself as one of the super spreader events of the pandemic times in India implicitly. Approximately 45 lakhs of devotees who took part in the Shahi Snan or the Royal Bath, on Sowmya Ammavasya were seen violating guidelines.
Despite the awareness for enforcing the guidelines, the police were not much successful in imposing any set of standard operating procedures on the devotees and ascetics taking part in the Kumbh Mela due to time constraints. The Kumbh Mela this year is shortened to one month between, April 1st – April 30th due to the pandemic emergency.
Kumbh Mela is observed once every 12 years, between mid-January till April.
According to sources