The historic Kumbh mela might get called off by the Uttarakhand state government if a proposal is done from the Akhada Parishad.
And this measure might be taken due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state along with wildly spreading infections of coronavirus.
The Akhada Parishad is the top body of seers in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand government on Kumbh Mela
The Uttarakhand government has also clamped a night curfew from the night of April 15, in the whole state.
The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat, will also be taking stock of the COVID-19 conditions today evening, in order to take a call on the weekend curfew and night curfews.
Anand Akhara and Niranjani Akhara have also joined in to conclude the Kumbh mela from this Saturday.
Cutting the Kumbh Mela short
Ravindra Puri, who is the Secretary of Niranjani Akhara said, “Due to the growing number of COVID cases, Haridwar is not in good shape. Seers associated with the Akhara have been advised to leave for their destinations on Saturday, April 17, after taking snan (in Ganga River).”
Ravindra Puri has also appealed to the other Akharas in the state, in order to curtail the Kumbh Mela for seers this year.
COVID scene here
Notably, there are more than 13 akharas and lakhs of seers which are associated with them. Numerous seers have tested positive during the ongoing Kumbh Mela this year. Mahant Narendra Giri, who is the head of the Akhara Parishad, has also tested positive and has now been admitted to the AIIMS, in Rishikesh.
Plenty other seers have also complained of symptoms alike to the COVID-19 virus like the runny nose and cold.
The Haridwar administration on Thursday had conducted a camp at the Juna Akhara and had collected almost 200 swab samples for the COVID-19 testing.
An official at Kailash Hospital, Dehradun told News18, the head of the Maha Nirvani Akhara from Madhya Pradesh Swami Kapil Dev, who was under treatment for COVID died due to virus-related complications on Tuesday night. The 65-year-old was rushed to the Dehradun hospital from Haridwar on April 13 after his condition deteriorated.
Uttarakhand recorded over 2,220 new coronavirus cases, the biggest single-day spike so far, with Dehradun and Haridwar districts emerging as major hotspots. Out of the new cases, Dehradun reported 914 new cases alone. With 613 new cases in Haridwar, the city’s COVID tally surged to 2,780 between April 10 and April 15.
The Kumbh Mela began on April 1 and will conclude this month-end. Despite Niranjani Akhara’s announcement, the Uttarakhand cabinet minister Bansidhar Bhagat said the Kumbh would continue.