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In Pictures: Millions of Devotees Gathering At Kumbh Mela

In the Kumbh Mela, the massive gathering of devotees and thousands of seers that represented 13 Akhadas witnessed an absolute breach of COVID-19 norms.

The Kumbh Mela is one of the biggest religious gatherings for the Hindus. This year with the second wave of coronavirus infections that is crippling the health system in most states, this massive gathering of devotees and thousands of seers that represented 13 Akhadas witnessed an absolute breach of COVID-19 norms.

With nearly a million people flocking on the banks of river Ganga, and over a lakh gathering on Monday on the day of the auspicious Shahi Snan (ritualistic bath), the violations in COVID-19 protocols were huge, with authorities struggling to keep control over the public. While India logged over 1.6 lakh cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, people were seen without any masks and social distancing. Thus, as a result, several in the crowd tested positive.

Indian Express reported, “By Monday evening, over 28 lakh devotees turned up for the second shahi snan (royal bath) in the Ganga. And according to medical department officials, over 18,169 devotees were tested between 11.30 pm Sunday and 5 pm Monday — 102 were found positive.”

Here are some glimpses of Maha Kumbh Mela that saw a humongous number of people despite the nation battling the pandemic.

Hermits perform 'Parikrama' during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Women sannyasins of Juna Akhara take part in a ritual to become sadhavis at Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Kinnar Akhara chief Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, offers prayers at Har ki Pauri ghat during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, Monday, April 12, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Priests perform rituals at Har Ki Pauri Ghat on the banks of Ganga river, during Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar, Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Devotees perform a ritual at the banks of Ganga river ahead of Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar, Monday, April 5, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Amid rising coronavirus cases in the country, thousands of saffron-clad seers and ash-smeared Nagas flouted Covid-19 norms and gathered at Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar for a holy dip in the Ganga during the second "shahi snan" (royal bath) of the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. (PTI)
According to PTI, the seers of different akhadas, led by their Mahamandaleshwaras, by turns took out grand Shobha Yatras through the main thoroughfare of the pilgrimage city to gather at Brahma Kund, Hari ki Pairi for the holy bath on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya. (AP)
The mela administration claimed that approximately 17.31 lakh devotees had taken the holy dip in the Ganga till 10 am. (Reuters)

With hordes turning up for the Kumbh mela in Haridwar amid a surge in Covid cases, the Uttarakhand Police is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to zoom in on those not wearing masks. (PTI)

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat too was present without a mask and did not adhere to social distancing at Har Ki Pauri Ghat. (PTI Photo)
Over 28 lakh devotees turned up for the second shahi snan in the Ganga. And according to medical department officials, over 18,169 devotees were tested between 11.30 pm Sunday and 5 pm Monday and 102 were found covid positive. (PTI Photo)
Amid a Covid surge across the country and twelve days into the Kumbh Mela the Uttarakhand government is unable control and implement basic preventive measures such as effective thermal screening and wearing of masks. (PTI Photo)
Culture

In Pictures: Millions of Devotees Gathering At Kumbh Mela

In the Kumbh Mela, the massive gathering of devotees and thousands of seers that represented 13 Akhadas witnessed an absolute breach of COVID-19 norms.

The Kumbh Mela is one of the biggest religious gatherings for the Hindus. This year with the second wave of coronavirus infections that is crippling the health system in most states, this massive gathering of devotees and thousands of seers that represented 13 Akhadas witnessed an absolute breach of COVID-19 norms.

With nearly a million people flocking on the banks of river Ganga, and over a lakh gathering on Monday on the day of the auspicious Shahi Snan (ritualistic bath), the violations in COVID-19 protocols were huge, with authorities struggling to keep control over the public. While India logged over 1.6 lakh cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, people were seen without any masks and social distancing. Thus, as a result, several in the crowd tested positive.

Indian Express reported, “By Monday evening, over 28 lakh devotees turned up for the second shahi snan (royal bath) in the Ganga. And according to medical department officials, over 18,169 devotees were tested between 11.30 pm Sunday and 5 pm Monday — 102 were found positive.”

Here are some glimpses of Maha Kumbh Mela that saw a humongous number of people despite the nation battling the pandemic.

Hermits perform 'Parikrama' during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Women sannyasins of Juna Akhara take part in a ritual to become sadhavis at Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Kinnar Akhara chief Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, offers prayers at Har ki Pauri ghat during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, Monday, April 12, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Priests perform rituals at Har Ki Pauri Ghat on the banks of Ganga river, during Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar, Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Devotees perform a ritual at the banks of Ganga river ahead of Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar, Monday, April 5, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Amid rising coronavirus cases in the country, thousands of saffron-clad seers and ash-smeared Nagas flouted Covid-19 norms and gathered at Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar for a holy dip in the Ganga during the second "shahi snan" (royal bath) of the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. (PTI)
According to PTI, the seers of different akhadas, led by their Mahamandaleshwaras, by turns took out grand Shobha Yatras through the main thoroughfare of the pilgrimage city to gather at Brahma Kund, Hari ki Pairi for the holy bath on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya. (AP)
The mela administration claimed that approximately 17.31 lakh devotees had taken the holy dip in the Ganga till 10 am. (Reuters)

With hordes turning up for the Kumbh mela in Haridwar amid a surge in Covid cases, the Uttarakhand Police is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to zoom in on those not wearing masks. (PTI)

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat too was present without a mask and did not adhere to social distancing at Har Ki Pauri Ghat. (PTI Photo)
Over 28 lakh devotees turned up for the second shahi snan in the Ganga. And according to medical department officials, over 18,169 devotees were tested between 11.30 pm Sunday and 5 pm Monday and 102 were found covid positive. (PTI Photo)
Amid a Covid surge across the country and twelve days into the Kumbh Mela the Uttarakhand government is unable control and implement basic preventive measures such as effective thermal screening and wearing of masks. (PTI Photo)
Culture

In Pictures: Millions of Devotees Gathering At Kumbh Mela

In the Kumbh Mela, the massive gathering of devotees and thousands of seers that represented 13 Akhadas witnessed an absolute breach of COVID-19 norms.

The Kumbh Mela is one of the biggest religious gatherings for the Hindus. This year with the second wave of coronavirus infections that is crippling the health system in most states, this massive gathering of devotees and thousands of seers that represented 13 Akhadas witnessed an absolute breach of COVID-19 norms.

With nearly a million people flocking on the banks of river Ganga, and over a lakh gathering on Monday on the day of the auspicious Shahi Snan (ritualistic bath), the violations in COVID-19 protocols were huge, with authorities struggling to keep control over the public. While India logged over 1.6 lakh cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, people were seen without any masks and social distancing. Thus, as a result, several in the crowd tested positive.

Indian Express reported, “By Monday evening, over 28 lakh devotees turned up for the second shahi snan (royal bath) in the Ganga. And according to medical department officials, over 18,169 devotees were tested between 11.30 pm Sunday and 5 pm Monday — 102 were found positive.”

Here are some glimpses of Maha Kumbh Mela that saw a humongous number of people despite the nation battling the pandemic.

Hermits perform 'Parikrama' during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Women sannyasins of Juna Akhara take part in a ritual to become sadhavis at Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Kinnar Akhara chief Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, offers prayers at Har ki Pauri ghat during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, Monday, April 12, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Priests perform rituals at Har Ki Pauri Ghat on the banks of Ganga river, during Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar, Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Devotees perform a ritual at the banks of Ganga river ahead of Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar, Monday, April 5, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Amid rising coronavirus cases in the country, thousands of saffron-clad seers and ash-smeared Nagas flouted Covid-19 norms and gathered at Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar for a holy dip in the Ganga during the second "shahi snan" (royal bath) of the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. (PTI)
According to PTI, the seers of different akhadas, led by their Mahamandaleshwaras, by turns took out grand Shobha Yatras through the main thoroughfare of the pilgrimage city to gather at Brahma Kund, Hari ki Pairi for the holy bath on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya. (AP)
The mela administration claimed that approximately 17.31 lakh devotees had taken the holy dip in the Ganga till 10 am. (Reuters)

With hordes turning up for the Kumbh mela in Haridwar amid a surge in Covid cases, the Uttarakhand Police is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to zoom in on those not wearing masks. (PTI)

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat too was present without a mask and did not adhere to social distancing at Har Ki Pauri Ghat. (PTI Photo)
Over 28 lakh devotees turned up for the second shahi snan in the Ganga. And according to medical department officials, over 18,169 devotees were tested between 11.30 pm Sunday and 5 pm Monday and 102 were found covid positive. (PTI Photo)
Amid a Covid surge across the country and twelve days into the Kumbh Mela the Uttarakhand government is unable control and implement basic preventive measures such as effective thermal screening and wearing of masks. (PTI Photo)
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