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Covid Live: ‘Kumbh Mela Now Should Only Be Symbolic’, Prime Minister Appeals To Swami Avdheshanand | India News

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to top seers at the Kumbh Mela on Saturday to maintain the large “symbolic” pilgrimage after large numbers of people, including seers, tested positive for Covid-19. Shortly after PM’s call, the seers urged the pilgrims not to attend the next shahi snan in large numbers.
On Twitter, the prime minister urged Swami Awadheshanand Giri, the Mahamandaleshwar of Juna Akhara, who is the largest of the 13 akharas in Kumbh, to allow the pilgrimage to remain symbolic given the crown crisis.
Prime Minister Modi’s call comes as one of the top seers, Mahamandaleshwar Kapil Dev Das (65) of Nirwani Akhada, had died from Covid-19 complications on Thursday.
The prime minister added on Saturday that such a decision would help in the fight against the virus. PM Modi said that all the saints are cooperating with the administration and expressed his gratitude to the saints for their gesture.

Responding to PM’s request, Swami Awadheshanand urged people not to attend the mela in large numbers.

Although the second largest akhara, the Niranjani Akahra had previously announced that the Kumbh would conclude after the first Shahi Snan, other akharas were reported to be unhappy.
The Kumbh Mela will officially end on April 30 and the next royal bath is on April 27. The Akhada Parishad, the supreme body of the 13 akhadas, plans to participate in the next royal bath, but only a few saints will go to the dressing.
On April 14, the day of Baisakhi shahi snan, which is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Kumbh, a staggering 9,43,452 devotees took a dip in the holy Ganges.



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