kumbh mela

Kumbh Mela 2021 goes ahead, but with helicopters, flowers and some covid restrictions

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Wednesday asked senior officials to take steps so that pilgrims, who will come for the first holy dip on the occasion of Maha Shivratri on Thursday, are showered with flowers through helicopters.

About the Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Allahabad (Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers confluence), Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra).[ The festival is marked by a ritual dip in the waters, but it is also a celebration of community commerce with numerous fairs, education, religious discourses by saints, mass feedings of monks or the poor, and entertainment spectacle.[ The seekers believe that bathing in these rivers is a means to prฤyaล›citta (atonement, penance) for past mistakes.

Approximately 50 and 30 million people attended the Allahabad Ardh Kumbh Mela in 2019 and Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013 respectively to bathe in the holy river Ganges, making them the largest peaceful gathering events in the world.[7][8]

“Following the necessary precautions, it should be ensured that the pilgrims coming to the Kumbh do not face any kind of trouble. The visitors should take a holy bath in the Ganga conveniently. Grandeur of the Kumbh must be ensured. Pilgrims, who will come to first holy bath on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, should be showered with flowers by helicopters,” he said.

“All of us should discharge our responsibilities with full devotion,” he said, “the faith of tens of millions (crores) of devotees around the globe is attached with the Kumbh Mela. It is the responsibility of all of us to coordinate with each other and arrange for facilities for the devotees who come to take part in the Mela,” Rawat said. Rawat directed to pay special attention to the cleanliness of the Kumbh area, and to ensure the deployment of adequate cleaning personnel for this.
The Chief Minister, “Cleanliness is related to health. Provision of adequate toilets should be done.” He also asked to ensure effective arrangements for security at Kumbh Mela.

Kumbh Mela will be held in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar from April 1 to April 30 this year.