Juna Akhara curtails Kumbh festivities after PM Modi request

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 17, 2021

Har Ki Pauri Ghat wears a deserted look during Kumbh Mela 2021 following a surge in Covid-19 cases in Haridwar, on Saturday, April 17, 2021 - PTI

Fresh Covid 19 cases hit an all-time high in India on Saturday

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Poojya Swamy Avdheshanand Giri Ji, who is the head of Juna Akhara to keep the Kumbh symbolic in view of rising COVID19 cases, the latter announced Saturday they have concluded Kumbh Mela.

“Safety of Indians and their lives is our foremost priority. In view of rising Coronavirus pandemic, we have duly immersed all the deities invoked at the Kumbh Mela. This is a formal conclusion of Kumbh mela from our side,” Avadheshanand Giri said in a tweet.

Modi tweeted Saturday that in his telephonic conversation with Swamy, he requested him to keep Kumbh symbolic from now on as two Shahi Snans have already taken place, as this will strengthen the fight against the pandemic. He also enquired about the health of all the Sants and thanked the Sant Samaj for their full cooperation with the administration.

In his reply to Modi, Swamy Avdheshanand Giri Ji tweeted that he respects the request of the Prime Minister and asked the devotees to not come for Snan in large numbers and follow the Covid appropriate behaviour and follow rules.

Fresh Covid 19 cases hit all-time high in India on Saturday. Saturday’s tally of new Covid cases – 2,34,692 cases - till 8:00 AM- comes as number of daily new cases are soaing in states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi among others, according to the official data of Union Health Ministry.

The numbers are on rise even after the government’s vaccination drive started on April 1 is at full steam. Anti-covid jabs administered all across India reached nearly 12 crore on Saturday at 11,99,37,641 with 30,04,544 vaccines given till 8 am.



Published on April 17, 2021

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