The Uttar Pradesh government will allow holding the annual Kanwar Yatra(कांवड़ यात्रा) within the state from Date July 25,2021 to August 06,2021 PTI reported on Wednesday, citing a senior official.
“Chief Minister Adityanath has asked to coordinate with neighbouring [states] Bihar and Uttarakhand and ensure Covid-19 guidelines are followed during the yatra,” Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary Navneet Sehgal told the press agency .
Sehgal said that a gathering of senior officials are going to be held to debate the matter and detailed guidelines regarding the annual pilgrimage are going to be issued soon
The Kanwar Yatra(Kawad Yatra) is an annual pilgrimage by the devotees of Hindu deity Shiva. They collect water, usually from River Ganga, and offer it at Shiva temples in their respective states. These devotees, called Kanwariyas, come from far-off places, covering many kilometres on foot.
The Uttar Pradesh government’s decision is despite the fact that other such pilgrimage visits have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.