Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government had decided to send Gangajal via post to the devotees after the state government cancelled the annual Kanwar Yatra in view of the covid-19 situation.
Haridwar District Magistrate C Ravishankar stated, “We have started the process of sending Gangajal via post to the devotees. We’re also planning to supply Gangajal in tankers and are in talks with the administration of neighbouring states to avoid a large number of gathering here.”
The annual Kanwar Yatra which is scheduled to begin on July 25 was cancelled due to a high surge in covid-19 cases in the state.
Earlier, on July 13, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) wrote to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and urged him to cancel the annual Kanwar Yatra highlighting a possible third wave of covid-19.
The Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of devotees of Lord Shiva where lakhs of devotees travel through different states on foot to pilgrimage sites of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch holy waters of River Ganga. Later, the holy water of the river Ganga is dispensed as offerings to Lord Shiva in temples.
Inputs: Republic World