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Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, at Har ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar, Wednesday.(PTI)

9.1 million thronged Mahakumbh despite Covid-19 surge: Govt data

By Sandeep Rawat, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 02:20 AM IST
The Kumbh Mela Force, a government body, said 9.1 million pilgrims took the holy dip in the Ganga from January 14 to April 27.
Haridwar's chief medical officer S K Jha said over 150 seers had tested positive for Covid from April 1 to 18. (HT PHOTO.)(HT_PRINT)
Haridwar's chief medical officer S K Jha said over 150 seers had tested positive for Covid from April 1 to 18. (HT PHOTO.)(HT_PRINT)

No crowds now: With akhadas pulling out, kumbh virtually over

PTI | , Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 07:27 PM IST
  • Many spots on Monday wore a deserted look, an unimaginable sight during the Haridwar kumbh mela which will formally close only on April 30.
A large number of devotees gather to take a holy dip in the Ganga during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, (Reuters Photo)
A large number of devotees gather to take a holy dip in the Ganga during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, (Reuters Photo)

Mandatory 14-day home quarantine for returning Kumbh visitors: DDMA

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 08:50 AM IST
Those returning from the Mahakumbh will have to upload their details within 24 hours by Sunday midnight on the Delhi government website www.delhi.gov.in.
The PM's appeal comes in the wake of nearly 2,000 devotees testing Covid-19 positive at Kumbh in around a week's time.(ANI)
The PM's appeal comes in the wake of nearly 2,000 devotees testing Covid-19 positive at Kumbh in around a week's time.(ANI)

Kumbh Mela should now be 'symbolic', tweets PM Modi amid rising cases of Covid

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 09:06 AM IST
A majority of devotees who took part in the two 'royal baths' (shahi snan) held on the occasion of Somwati Amavasya on April 12 and Mesh Sankranti on April 14 were seen flouting the Covid-19 norms.
Seers fear they might get infected with the virus in the Kumbh area, which witnessed a rush of over 1.3 million on the Shahi Snan (holy dip in the Ganga) on Wednesday.(ANI file photo)
Seers fear they might get infected with the virus in the Kumbh area, which witnessed a rush of over 1.3 million on the Shahi Snan (holy dip in the Ganga) on Wednesday.(ANI file photo)

Top akhadas call for Mahakumbh to end

By Sandeep Rawat, Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 01:55 AM IST
On Friday, Haridwar reported 539 of 2402 fresh cases in Uttarakhand, and 28 seers from three akhadas tested positive for Covid-19, according to officials.
Security personnel could be seen handing out challans to some people in the crowd over violations of the Covid-19 norms, but the majority of seers gathered to bathe in the Ganga were in violation of Covid-appropriate behaviour. (ANI Photo)
Security personnel could be seen handing out challans to some people in the crowd over violations of the Covid-19 norms, but the majority of seers gathered to bathe in the Ganga were in violation of Covid-appropriate behaviour. (ANI Photo)

Covid-19 norms a far cry at third ‘Shani Snan’

By Sandeep Rawat, Kalyan Das, Haridwar/dehradun
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2021 04:02 AM IST
  • The size of the gathering was smaller than the 3.12 million figure at the previous “shahi snan” (royal bath) and the 2.5 million expected by the mela administration, but flagrant violations of social distancing norms and mask protocol could be seen in the crowd.
The image shows Deepak Rawat lighting the largest diya at Kumbh Mela.(Twitter@2021mahakumbh)
The image shows Deepak Rawat lighting the largest diya at Kumbh Mela.(Twitter@2021mahakumbh)

World's largest diya inaugurated on Aastha Path, Kumbh Mela

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 09:10 AM IST
The diya is also named in the Guinness Book of World records.
Devotees gather to offer prayers during Ganga aarti at Kumbh Mela, at Har ki Pouri, in Haridwar, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Devotees gather to offer prayers during Ganga aarti at Kumbh Mela, at Har ki Pouri, in Haridwar, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI)

Mahakumbh: Uttarakhand braces for another Shahi Snan

By Kalyan Das & Sandeep Rawat, Dehradun/haridwar
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2021 01:50 AM IST
The last such Shahi Snan on Monday was marked by widespread violation of Covid-appropriate behaviour with most people not wearing masks and bunching close together.
Devotees take holy dips in the river Ganges during Shahi snan or a Royal bath at Kumbh mela, in Haridwar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Monday, April 12, 2021. As states across India are declaring some version of a lockdown to battle rising Covid cases as part of a nationwide second-wave, thousands of pilgrims are gathering on the banks of the river Ganga for the Hindu festival Kumbh Mela. The faithful believe that a dip in the waters of the Ganga will absolve them of their sins and deliver them from the cycle of birth and death. (AP Photo/Karma Sonam)(AP)
Devotees take holy dips in the river Ganges during Shahi snan or a Royal bath at Kumbh mela, in Haridwar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Monday, April 12, 2021. As states across India are declaring some version of a lockdown to battle rising Covid cases as part of a nationwide second-wave, thousands of pilgrims are gathering on the banks of the river Ganga for the Hindu festival Kumbh Mela. The faithful believe that a dip in the waters of the Ganga will absolve them of their sins and deliver them from the cycle of birth and death. (AP Photo/Karma Sonam)(AP)

Kumbh Mela 2021: Shahi Snan today with Covid-19 norms in place

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2021 11:52 AM IST
The event comes in the backdrop of the state recording its highest single-day spike this year on Sunday with 1,333 cases.
King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal is currently in Haridwar. (Arabinda Mahapatra / HT Photo)
King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal is currently in Haridwar. (Arabinda Mahapatra / HT Photo)

Nepal king Gyanendra reaches Haridwar to participate in Kumbh

ANI | , Haridwar
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 11:08 PM IST
King Gyanendra met Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Kailashanand Giri Maharaj of Niranjani Akhara at Dakshin Kali Temple and took his blessings.
Hearing a bunch of petitions on the Covid-19 pandemic, the HC also directed the state to release its Covid-19 numbers on the government website.(ANI)
Hearing a bunch of petitions on the Covid-19 pandemic, the HC also directed the state to release its Covid-19 numbers on the government website.(ANI)

Mahakumbh begins, HC tells state to increase testing

By Neeraj Santoshi, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 05:34 AM IST
HC has directed the government that vaccination centres and testing facilities be increased in Haridwar.
Mahant Narendra Giri Maharaj, Head of Niranjani Akhara, during a meeting with officials, in Haridwar, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (PTI)
Mahant Narendra Giri Maharaj, Head of Niranjani Akhara, during a meeting with officials, in Haridwar, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (PTI)

Ahead of Mahakumbh, Covid-19 cases jump in Haridwar

By HT Correspondent, Rudrapur
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 06:59 AM IST
efore the pandemic, over 120 million people were expected to visit a four-month Mahakumbh. The first shahi snan (royal bath) that kicked off the festivities on March 11 was attended by over 3.3 million people.
Devotees attend a Kumbh Aarti at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar on Tuesday.( ANI)
Devotees attend a Kumbh Aarti at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar on Tuesday.( ANI)

Mahakumbh may turn into a superspreader event: Experts

By Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2021 05:14 AM IST
A high-level central team has been deployed to Haridwar to review medical care and public health arrangements for the event, which is scheduled to begin on April 1.
New CM Tirath Singh Rawat participating in hawan ceremony before taking charge of his office at the secretariat here on Sunday.(HT Photo)
New CM Tirath Singh Rawat participating in hawan ceremony before taking charge of his office at the secretariat here on Sunday.(HT Photo)

New Uttarakhand CM to review some big decisions taken by Trivendra Singh Rawat

By Neeraj Santoshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 04:20 PM IST
  • Tirath Singh Rawat, when he took charge, said he will take ahead the work done by the Trivendra Singh Rawat government, but it has become clear that he has decided to review and likely reverse some of the decisions his predecessor made.
Akhada ascetics pilgrims taking ritual dip in Ganga during Shahi Snan in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
Akhada ascetics pilgrims taking ritual dip in Ganga during Shahi Snan in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)

Mahakumbh's 1st Shahi Snan witnesses mega rush, over 3 mn pilgrims take holy dip

By HT Correspondent, Haridwar
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 09:11 PM IST
  • Covid-19 curbs went for a toss in the mega congregation on Thursday.
Flowers being showered from a chopper on pilgrims and Akhada seers in Haridwar on the occasion of Shivratri on Thursday on. (HT Photo)
Flowers being showered from a chopper on pilgrims and Akhada seers in Haridwar on the occasion of Shivratri on Thursday on. (HT Photo)

On new CM's command, choppers shower flowers on seers in Haridwar

By Neeraj Santoshi, Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 07:13 PM IST
  • The move was taken to honour incoming pilgrims and seers on the occasion of the first Shahi Snan (royal bath) of Haridwar Mahakumbh.
Devotees gather at the Har-ki-Pauri Ganga ghat in Haridwar(REUTERS)
Devotees gather at the Har-ki-Pauri Ganga ghat in Haridwar(REUTERS)

Uttarakhand Congress alleges corruption, mismanagement in Mahakumbh

By Kalyan Das | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 08:24 AM IST
  • Congress MLA Pritam objected to the curtailing of Haridwar Maha Kumbh to one month on the pretext of Coronavirus pandemic.
Mahakumbh Mela IG Sanjay Gunjiyal briefing Mela police paramilitary officers in Haridwar.(HT Photo)
Mahakumbh Mela IG Sanjay Gunjiyal briefing Mela police paramilitary officers in Haridwar.(HT Photo)

Akhadas, seers oppose Uttarakhand govt’s fresh Mahakumbh SoP on Covid-19

By HT Correspondent, Haridwar
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:43 PM IST
  • The Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad has termed the restrictions as 'stern measures'.
Mahakumbh Mela IG Sanjay Gunjiyal briefing Mela police paramilitary officers on Thursday in Haridwar.(HT Photo)
Mahakumbh Mela IG Sanjay Gunjiyal briefing Mela police paramilitary officers on Thursday in Haridwar.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand to seek additional force from Uttar Pradesh for Mahakumbh security

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:58 PM IST
  • Three control rooms will also be made at three UP’s three districts of Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor and Saharanpur bordering Uttarakhand for effective sharing of information and intelligence.
Ganga in Haridwar, where the Mahakumbh is to be held shortly.(HT Photo)
Ganga in Haridwar, where the Mahakumbh is to be held shortly.(HT Photo)

Court asks Uttarakhand government to submit details of Mahakumbh preparations

By Neeraj Santoshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 08:20 AM IST
  • One million visitors are expected to attend the Mahakumbh on routine days while about five million are expected for Shahi Snaans (royal baths)
DGP Ashok Kumar (centre) chairing the inter-state coordination meeting for Mahakumbh on Friday evening. (HT Photo)
DGP Ashok Kumar (centre) chairing the inter-state coordination meeting for Mahakumbh on Friday evening. (HT Photo)

Mahakumbh: U'khand Police to monitor social media, share intel with other states

UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 11:07 PM IST
Intelligence sharing between various agencies and states will take place to check any anti-national activities during the Mahakumbh.
The state government has taken the decision due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.(Reuters)
The state government has taken the decision due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.(Reuters)

Kumbh Mela 2021 to begin from April 1: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 12:03 PM IST
Here is all you need to know about the Kumbh Mela 2021.
Hindu devotees gather to take a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the northern town of Haridwar.(REUTERS)
Hindu devotees gather to take a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the northern town of Haridwar.(REUTERS)

Maha Kumbh 2021 limited to 30 days, to begin on April 1

ANI | , Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 10:37 AM IST
The state government has also emphasised reducing the duration of Kumbh as they fear becoming a hot spot of the virus.
Traders showering flowers on pilgrims as part of opposing SOP on Mahakumbh fair in Haridwar.(HT Photo)
Traders showering flowers on pilgrims as part of opposing SOP on Mahakumbh fair in Haridwar.(HT Photo)

Agitators' shower flowers on pilgrims in a unique way to protest Mahakumbh SOP

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, Haridwar
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 07:24 PM IST
  • Locals, traders, among others, expressed their displeasure on restrictions imposed on pilgrims and tourists for Mahakumbh fair.
Hindu pilgrims take holy dips in the river Ganges as priests sit in their makeshift cabins at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar, India, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP)
Hindu pilgrims take holy dips in the river Ganges as priests sit in their makeshift cabins at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar, India, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP)

Uttarakhand to limit crowd using cameras with head count software at Kumbh Mela

ANI | , Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 02:34 PM IST
The cameras will immediately alert the police if the crowd increases beyond the limit.
Mahakumbh prep is also ushering in development, infrastructural projects, amenities and facilities to Haridwar. (HT Photo)
Mahakumbh prep is also ushering in development, infrastructural projects, amenities and facilities to Haridwar. (HT Photo)

Amid Covid-19, Uttarakhand mulling to notify Mahakumbh dates from April 10-27

By HT Correspondent, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2021 08:04 PM IST
  • If approved, the Mahakumbh Mela would be officially organised for only 18 days against the present proposed period of about two months.
Trivendra Singh Rawat's comments on the need for caution in organising Mahakumbh have given Congress ammunition to attack the CM.(PTI FILE)
Trivendra Singh Rawat's comments on the need for caution in organising Mahakumbh have given Congress ammunition to attack the CM.(PTI FILE)

Uttarakhand Congress slams CM’s markaz reference for Covid threat to Mahakumbh

By HT Correspondent, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 04:27 PM IST
  • Congress leader Suryakant Dhasmana said that CM's statement invoking the markaz's name was very irresponsible and was aimed at deflecting attention from the failures of the government.
The 'Maha Kumbh Mela' is celebrated in a cycle of 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites across India.(Reuters)
The 'Maha Kumbh Mela' is celebrated in a cycle of 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites across India.(Reuters)

Government will not take any risk that will turn Haridwar into Wuhan

ANI | , Haridwar
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 03:19 PM IST
  • In view of the pandemic, GOI has released a set of SOPs regarding the Kumbh Mela. The authorities concerned have been asked to discourage children below the age of 10, people above the age of 65, pregnant women, and people suffering from chronic diseases from participating in the Mela.
Mahakumbh prep is also ushering in development, infrastructural projects to Haridwar.(HT Photo)
Mahakumbh prep is also ushering in development, infrastructural projects to Haridwar.(HT Photo)

'Good on paper': Saints, experts express concern over Centre's SOP on Mahakumbh

By Kalyan Das, Haridwar, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:22 PM IST
  • The mega fair will be held from February 27-April 30 with six Shahi Snaans or auspicious baths.
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