The historic and worldwide famous "Kumbh Mela" will be held from April 1 to April 30 this year. But this time the fair will be held only for 30 days in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Kumbh Mela was earlier scheduled to be a two-month fair instead of the usual four months. It was reduced to a period of 48 days. Although the cases have reduced in the country, the officials said that they are not willing to take any risk.
Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gathering that is held on a rotational basis every 12 years at sacred places of the country including Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. The 2021 'Maha Kumbh Mela' will be held at Haridwar from the first week of April.
Talking to news agency ANI, Uttrakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash told: "Kumbh Mela to be held for 30 days only in the wake of the pandemic. The fair is to be held from 1st to 30th April this year. Government to issue a notification by the end of March."
Taking bath and dipping in the river waters, with a prayer, is the central ritual of Kumbh Melas for all pilgrims. It is also known as "Shahi Snan" or Raj Yogi Snan. Shahi Snan is marked by a celebratory processional march, with flags, posters, banners, elephants, horses and musicians.
The last time Kumbh Mela was held at Haridwar was in 2012. This year again it will be held in Haridwar for 30 days only.