Kanwar Yatra this year due to COVID-19 threat, says UP


Kanwar yatra will remain suspended this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Archive photo)


Kanwar yatra during the auspicious month of “Shravan” will remain suspended this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an official statement released on Saturday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a video conference with his counterparts from Haryana and Uttarakhand, ML Khattar and Trivendra Singh Rawat, respectively, and discussed the issue of the annual kanwar in Shravan, an official statement said. .

The chief ministers said that the religious gurus and kanwar sanghs in their respective states proposed to suspend the yatra because of COVID-19 and after having deliberated on it, they made the decision in the public interest, said the communicated.

Yogi Adityanath also held videoconferences with all GIs and police commissioners and asked them to dialogue with religious leaders, kanwar sanghs and peace committees in this regard and to voice their appeals to the people.

He also ordered them to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocol and to ensure that no more than 5 people go to “jalabhishek” in local temples and take all necessary measures for the safety and security of the faithful , said the statement.

The chief minister also asked officials to ensure that there are no people on the occasion of Bakrid.

He ordered them to contact religious leaders in all districts to ensure that no more than 5 people gathered in a religious place in Bakrid, the statement added, adding that people from all communities should be informed of precautions to take during festivals in the middle of the pandemic.


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