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Haridwar Kumbh mela to be held from April 1: All you need to know

As per the SOP, devotees will be allowed to attend Kumbh only if they produce a negative coronavirus report issued not more than 72 hours before their arrival.

Kumbh Mela | Kumbh

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

A view of the Ganga in Haridwar
A view of the Ganga in Haridwar

Haridwar will be held from April 1 and it has been decided to limit its duration to 28 days in view of the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told reporters here on Friday.

The ascetics of Haridwar were taken into confidence before taking the decision, he said.

The SOP issued by the Centre and the state government for will have to be strictly followed by devotees, he said.

As per the SOP, devotees will be allowed to attend only if they produce a negative coronavirus report issued not more than 72 hours before their arrival.

A notification in this regard will be issued soon, Rawat said.

It is for the first time that Kumbh is being organised for such a short duration.

Earlier, the Kumbh congregation used to last more than four months.

Three Shahi Snan dates fall between April 1-28.

The first Shahi Snan will be on April 12 (Somvati Amavasya), the second on April 14 (Baisakhi) and the third on April 27 (Poornima).

With the official announcement of Kumbh dates, DGP Ashok Kumar held a meeting with police officials from other states and central agencies here on Friday to discuss security arrangements, crowd management, law and order and the maintenance of COVID protocol.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, February 19 2021. 22:58 IST