Kumbh Mela 2021: Over 7 lakh People Take Holy Dip on the First Day
GUWAHATI: The Kumbh Mela, which sees the world’s largest religious gathering of Hindus each year, started on 14th January this year amid rising COVID-19 cases throughout the country. The first day witnessed over 7 lakh devotees taking the holy dip in the Ganga, as stated by the Information Department of Uttarakhand Government.
As many as 7,11,000 devotees performed rituals at Har ki Pauri during the time of aarti, reported ANI.
As per the
government, all COVID-19 protocols were followed on the first day of the festival, and 974 people were fined for violating the rules. In addition to this, over 1000 cameras have been installed to keep a strict vigil on the festival.
"The soldiers of Uttarakhand's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Pradeshik Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Central Paramilitary Force (CPF) and five teams of the Bomb Disposal Squad are deployed in Haridwar for the safety of devotees during the Kumbh Mela 2021," the state government said.
This year the Kumbh Mela will be held for 48 days in Haridwar instead of the usual 3 months, because of the global pandemic. The fair will conclude on April 27.
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