Millions of pilgrims visit "Kumbh Mela" across the world, the Kumbh Mela of Haridwar is the most visited of all other pilgrimages in India. Haridwar is termed as the gateway to heaven in Hindu mythological scriptures. Also, full-Kumbh is the symbol of happiness, knowledge and bliss. It also symbolises "Unity in diversity" as people from all over the country amalgamate religious sentiments while travelling from wide areas.
After the dates of the historic, conspicuous Kumbh Mela were announced, The railways have made it mandatory
for devotees Covid-19 RT-PCR negative test report done 72 hours before boarding. The fair has already reduced to 30
days only amid the Covid pandemic.
This action came to power after the Uttrakhand government made it mandatory due to health reasons. ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said "Railways has issued this directive at the instance of Uttrakhand government which has announced that vaccination report must be of 72 hours before boarding."
Chief Secretary Omprakash said that "Given Mahakumbh, there was a demand for the vaccine from the central government under which 1,46,000 vaccines have been received. The employees of Mahakumbh along with the employees working in Kumbh will be vaccinated. Vaccine workers will be installed before Mahakumbh."
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To celebrate this conspicuous and world's biggest fair, preparations have started in Haridwar. Walls in Haridwar
painted with Ramayana sculptures because the "Kumbh Mela" is historically relevant in accordance with Hindu mythology. After the duration of the Kumbh Mela has been reduced, the number of Shahi Snan have also been reduced. Earlier there were 4 royal baths during the Kumbh Mela, this time it has been reduced to 3. There will be 3 royal baths during the Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 in the month of April.
The first Shahi Snan will happen on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya. The Second royal bath will be on 14 April on the day of Baisakhi. Third Shahi Snan will be on 27th April on the full moon day. The last Kumbh Mela was celebrated in Haridwar from Makar Sankranti i.e. January 14, 2010, to Shakh Purnima Snan, April 28, 2010. On the occasion of these Kumbh Melas, Hindu devotees come to wash their sins away by taking a holy dip in the sacred waters of the rivers. The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar is held every 12 years.