25,000 participated in the last Kumbh shahi snan | India News
In the morning when the shahi snan ritual began, the turnout was estimated to be around 3 lakh. Officials announced in the evening that around 25,000 people had participated in the shahi snan as of 5 p.m.
Even 3 lakh or even 25,000 is too large a number of people to congregate at the height of a deadly epidemic. With the increase in deaths everywhere, especially in the last fortnight, the state government should have made sure that the last shahi snan was a symbolic event. Now one can only hope this doesn’t turn out to be a superpreader event.
Sanjay Gunjyal, IG (Kumbh), told TOI, “Seers of the 13 Akhadas came to Harki-Pauri in limited quantities. Around 25,000 pilgrims and seers participated in the last shahi snan. All Covid-19 protocols and other standard operating procedures were strictly enforced. “The Akhada sanyasi – Niranjani and Anand – took the first dip, followed by Juna, Agni, Ahavan, Mahanirvani, and Section akhadas.