Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Uttarakhand government has decided to cancel the annual Kanwar Yatra for the second year in a row.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Uttarakhand government has decided to cancel the Kanwar Yatra for the second year in a row. A final decision in this regard was reached on Tuesday at the State Secretariat in Dehradun.
The Kanwar Yatra, a two-week annual pilgrimage for Lord Shiva devotees, is set to begin on July 25 this year. Devotees travel to Haridwar in Uttarakhand and other parts of the country as part of the pilgrimage to obtain holy water from the Ganga.
The pilgrimage begins in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan and lasts until the first week of August.
“After consulting with higher-level officials and officials from neighboring states, we decided not to hold Kanwar Yatra at this time.” We don’t want to make Haridwar the center of Covid because a variant was discovered in Gadarpur,” Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami told the media.
Officials briefed Chief Minister Dhami on the possibility of a third wave and the virulence of the Delta Plus variant during the meeting on Tuesday. Before making a decision on this year’s Kanwar Yatra, the state government sought the advice of experts.