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Kumbh Duration: Sects Fight, Government Stands Out | India News

NEW DELHI: The decision of two Akhadas to leave the Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar has divided the Shaivite and Vaishnavita sects of Akhadas in the country. This came even as the Uttarakhand government refused to get into the matter and announce whether the duration of the festival, which officially ends on April 30, should be shortened.
On Thursday, two Sanyasi or Shaivite sects, Niranjani and Anand, had announced that they were withdrawing. But the three Bairagi (or Vaishnavite) sects – Digambar, Nirvani and Nirmohi – said they had no “right” to do so. The Sanyasi seers consider the third Shahi Snan, which was on April 14, the highest point of the congregation, while for the Bairagi seers, Ram Navami (on April 21) and the fourth Shahi Snan (on April 27) They are the most important. The highest body, Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, tried to resolve the deadlock but was unable to reach a decision.
“There is no proposal from the state government (to reduce or cancel the Mela), nor has any official request been received from the Akhadas to truncate Kumbh,” Chief Secretary Om Prakash told TOI.

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