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Top Akhada Announces End of Kumbh After Prime Minister Modi’s Appeal | India News

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NEW DELHI: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to keep this year’s Kumbh Mela “symbolic” amid mounting Covid cases, Juna Akhada’s Mahamandaleshwar Swami Avdheshanand Giri announced on Saturday the conclusion of the massive month-long festival .
Earlier today, Giri had said that while faith is something important, human lives are much more important.
His announcement came after the Prime Minister asked the seers to keep their participation in the event as symbolic to save the lives of others.

“I prayed that two ‘shahi snan’ have been carried out and the Kumbh (participation) now remains symbolic. This will drive the fight against this crisis,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted in Hindi.
Hundreds of people, including several psychics, have tested positive for the highly contagious infection at Kumbh Mela since the fair began on April 1.
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad President Mahant Naredra Giri was admitted to AIIMS, Rishikesh after testing positive for the disease last week.

Top Akhada Announces End of Kumbh After Prime Minister Modi's Appeal | India News

Har Ki Pauri Ghat sports a deserted appearance during Kumbh Mela 2021 following a spike in Covid cases. (PTI)
Mahamandaleshwar from Maha Nirvani Akhada from Madhya Pradesh, Swami Kapil Dev, who was under treatment for Covid-19 at a private hospital here, died on April 13.
Earlier, Niranjani Akhada, one of the largest naga sanyasi akhadas and the second most powerful after the Juna akhada, had announced his departure from the mela.
(With PTI inputs)

Times of India

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