Swami Avdheshanand Giri of the Juna Akhada said as far as the Akhada is concerned the Kumbh Mela has come to an end. Giri in a tweet said the priority was to protect the people of India.
The tweet added that given the COVID situation, the Akhada has decided to perform the immersion ceremony of all Gods and that it is the end of the Kumbh Mela for the Juna Akhada. He also appealed to other akhadas to end the Kumbh Mela and pay heed to PM Modi’s advice. Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talked to the seer urging him to go for a symbolic Kumbh.
Bombay Mayor says Kumbh Returnees will bring COVID as prasad
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) mayor Kishori Pednekar on Saturday said that devotees returning from Kumbh Mela will bring COVID as prasad. She said the city is considering quarantining the pilgrims on their return to Mumbai and that they will have to bear the expenses.
“Those returning from Kumbh Mela to their respective states will distribute corona as ‘prasad’. All these people should be quarantined in their respective states at their own cost,” Pednekar said.
She also called for a complete lockdown in Mumbai as the pandemic spreads.
About Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela where lakhs of devout have congregated to take a holy dip in the Ganges has sparked outrage as India battles a surge in COVID cases. Many reports have warned of its potential to further spread the infection given that no COVID protocols are followed. Over 1700 people who have attended the event have already tested positive.
The Kumbh Mela usually runs for four months but had been shortened to just a month of April given the COVID situation. Earlier, it was reported that akhadas had agreed to call off the mela although it was soon dismissed by the akhada heads.
Earlier Swami Kapil Dev of the Maha Nirvani Akhada in Madhya Pradesh died due to COVID in Dehradun after he attended the Kumbh Mela. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who also attended the event has also tested positive for COVID.
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