Uttarakhand calls off Kanwar Yatra, UP keeps it on
Lucknow, July 14, 2021
While the Uttarakhand government has called off the Kanwar yatra, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to go ahead with the same but with Covid safety protocols.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to ensure that only a minimum number of people participate in the annual Kanwar Yatra. He also said that strict implementation of Covid protocols, particularly social distancing, must be ensured.
The state government spokesman said that a negative RT-PCR test report can be made compulsory for pilgrims, if required.
The two-week long annual pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Shiva, the Kanwar Yatra is due to begin on July 25 this year.
As part of the pilgrimage, lakhs of devotees, known as Kanwariyas, from northern states travel on foot to collect water from the Ganga at Haridwar and then offer the same at various Shiva temples.
In view of the pandemic, Adityanath has directed that Kanwar Sanghs should be requested for the participation of a minimum number of people in the yatra.
He also said that necessary guidelines should be issued for travel by holding a dialogue with the neighbouring states.
The chief minister asked officials to pay special attention to cleanliness and proper lighting in all Shiva temples, shivalayas and travel routes.