Kumbh Mela Duration Curtailed To 1 Month For First Time

Dehradun: Amid a huge surge in COVID cases across the country, the government has decided to curtail the famous Kumbh Mela in Haridwar to just one month for the first time in its history.

Besides, it has been made mandatory for pilgrims to have a “negative” RT-PCR test report to attend the mega congregation.

According to a notification issued on Wednesday, the congregation on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar in Uttarakhand will take place from April 1 to 30, with three “shahi snan” (major bathing) dates on April 12, 14 and 27.

Held once in 12 years, the congregation usually lasts around three-and-a-half months. Its last edition was held in Haridwar from January 14 to April 28 in 2010.

According to the notification issued on Wednesday, “The Kumbh Kshetra (area) covers Neergarh, Tapovan, Bitthal Ashram Marg to Muni-Ki-Reti Road and Rishi-Haridwar bypass in the north, and Narendra Nagar-Rishikesh bypass, the forest checkpost on Rishikesh-Dehradun Road, Rishikesh-Haridwar bypass, Mansa Devi, Billkeshwar Mandir, Tibri Mohand, BHEL residential buildings, Roorkee-Bahadarabad road and up to 13 km on Haridwar-Delhi road in the west.

In the south, the congregation area will extend from Bahadarabad-Haridwar bypass to Siddha Sot Setu and from Siddha Sot Setu to Neelkanth Mahadev temple in the east.”

“A “negative” RT-PCR test report, not older than 72 hours before arrival, has been made mandatory for devotees by the Uttarakhand High Court.

Devotees who have taken the COVID-19 vaccination will have to upload their certificate in an official portal and follow the guidelines, ” it added.

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