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Beautification work going on for next year’s Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)

Amid Covid-19, Mahakumbh 2021 to be of shorter format of 48 days

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 12:26 AM IST
A section of priests, traders, hoteliers, tour operators and vendor associations are unhappy as an abridged Mahakumbh will have a direct impact on their livelihood.
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Akhada Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri and secretary Hari Giri (right) during an inspection of Kumbh facilities for saints at Niranjani Akhada in Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)
Akhada Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri and secretary Hari Giri (right) during an inspection of Kumbh facilities for saints at Niranjani Akhada in Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)

Akhada Parishad to send list of ‘self-styled godmen’ to Uttarakhand CM to bar them from Mahakumbh

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 12:56 AM IST
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, the apex body of the all the Akhadas, has decided to prepare a list of such fake saints and self-styled godmen and send it to Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat so that they don’t get any recognition and facilities during the Kumbh through Kumbh Mela administration.
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Renovation being done at Har-Ki-Pauri ahead of Mahakumbh in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.(File photo)
Renovation being done at Har-Ki-Pauri ahead of Mahakumbh in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.(File photo)

Uttarakhand HC seeks state’s reply on suggestion to ban UK tourists during Mahakumbh

By Neeraj Santoshi | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:08 PM IST
The court also directed the state government to file a reply on the suggestion of imposing a night curfew on Christmas, New Year and on January 1 in Nainital district.
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Kumbh Mela force IG Sanjay Gunjiyal inspects security arrangements in Haridwar.(HT photo)
Kumbh Mela force IG Sanjay Gunjiyal inspects security arrangements in Haridwar.(HT photo)

Mahakumbh 2021: 24 police stations to be set up

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:52 PM IST
With just a fortnight left for the fair to start, these police stations will have the responsibility of maintaining policing, law order, traffic, crowd management and patrolling the mela zone
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Renovation work at Har-Ki-Pauri ahead of Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Renovation work at Har-Ki-Pauri ahead of Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Haridwar teachers to be Uttarakhand govt’s Corona warriors for Mahakumbh 2021

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 06:23 PM IST
Over 30 government school teachers from the district have already been trained under the guidance of Haridwar chief medical officer, informed officials.
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Renovation work at Har-Ki-Pauri ahead of Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Renovation work at Har-Ki-Pauri ahead of Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Uttarakhand HC seeks govt’s reply on mandatory online registration for Mahakumbh pilgrims

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 04:26 PM IST
Over 12 crore pilgrims were expected to participate in the mahakumbh, ut now it is not clear yet how many pilgrims would actually turn up amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Mahakumbh prep is also ushering in development, infrastructural projects, amenities and facilities both on a permanent and temporary basis.(HT Photo)
Mahakumbh prep is also ushering in development, infrastructural projects, amenities and facilities both on a permanent and temporary basis.(HT Photo)

Mahakumbh 2021 prep is changing face of Haridwar, here’s how

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:09 PM IST
In a first, this Mahakumbh will witness temples, ashrams, dharamshalas, hotels in Haridwar coloured in saffron and yellow colors.
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Renovation being done at Har-Ki-Pauri ahead of Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT File)
Renovation being done at Har-Ki-Pauri ahead of Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT File)

In a first, Uttarakhand space agency develops GIS mapping portal for crowd management during Mahakumbh 2021

By Kalyan Das | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 04:28 PM IST
The portal, covering about 160 sqkm area of the Mahakumbh known as mela area, will provide realtime information to the authorities about movement or concentration of crowds
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File photo: Haridwar, Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)
File photo: Haridwar, Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)

Uttarakhand HC directs state govt to file affidavit on Covid-19 preparedness for Mahakumbh 2021

By Neeraj Santoshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:32 PM IST
Officially, Mahakumbh will begin from January 1, 2021 and conclude on April 28.
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A grand bridge built ahead of Mahakumbh 2021 in Haridwar.(HT Photo)
A grand bridge built ahead of Mahakumbh 2021 in Haridwar.(HT Photo)

Mahakumbh 2021 expected to peak with 1st Shahi Snan on March 11

By Sandeep Rawat | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 05:21 PM IST
Officially, Mahakumbh will begin from January 1, 2021, as has been the precedent, with the whole Haridwar district coming under Kumbhmela administration purview.
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An ashram building being given saffron colour as part of one colour code for buildings at Har-Ki-Pauri for Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT Photo)
An ashram building being given saffron colour as part of one colour code for buildings at Har-Ki-Pauri for Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT Photo)

Haridwar temples, shrines to don saffron look for Mahakumbh 2021

By Sandeep Rawat | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 04:18 PM IST
Saffron and yellow colours will be used across the Kumbh mela zone in and around Har-Ki-Pauri area in Haridwar.
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Work for the Kumbh Mela underway at a bridge site in Kankhal, Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)
Work for the Kumbh Mela underway at a bridge site in Kankhal, Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)

Work for Mahakumbh 2021 to be held in two shifts for time-bound completion

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 01:14 AM IST
Directing officials to start operating construction work in two shifts, Rawat has made it clear that quality and time-bound completion of the work is vital for hosting a successful Mahakumbh fair.
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A pair of tigers at Gohri Range of Uttarakhand’s Rajaji Tiger Reserve.(HT file photo)
A pair of tigers at Gohri Range of Uttarakhand’s Rajaji Tiger Reserve.(HT file photo)

Allow part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve to be used for Mahakumbh 2021: Uttarakhand to Centre

By Suparna Roy | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:13 PM IST
The Centre earlier turned down the request; environmental groups also have opposed the proposal saying the move will adversely impact the reserve’s flora and fauna.
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Coin pickers at work at Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar on Wednesday.(Rameshwar Gaur/HT photo)
Coin pickers at work at Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar on Wednesday.(Rameshwar Gaur/HT photo)

Mahakumbh 2021: Coin pickers of Ganga to be deployed as lifeguards

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 04:41 PM IST
These coin pickers earn their livelihood by collecting coins offered to Ganga by devotees
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A view of Ganga canal at Har-Ki-Pauri. The canal will be closed for a month beginning October 15 midnight.(HT photo)
A view of Ganga canal at Har-Ki-Pauri. The canal will be closed for a month beginning October 15 midnight.(HT photo)

Uttarakhand: Ganga canal closure earlier this year for Mahakumbh infrastructure work

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 04:22 PM IST
From October 15 to November 15, while the canal is closed, maintenance, renovation of Ganga ghats, cleaning and other related construction works will be done
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CM Trivendra Singh Rawat during the Mahakumbh review meeting with ministers and officials on Tuesday in Dehradun.(HT Photo)
CM Trivendra Singh Rawat during the Mahakumbh review meeting with ministers and officials on Tuesday in Dehradun.(HT Photo)

Haridwar gears up for Mahakumbh 2021, paramount focus on cleanliness

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 07:38 PM IST
The Mahakumbh event will be divided into 26 sectors with all required amenities along with 6-7 sectors on standby.
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Chief minister TS Rawat addressing a press conference virtually in Dehradun on Friday. He said the Mahakumbh would be held on schedule next year, but in a restricted manner.(Sourced)
Chief minister TS Rawat addressing a press conference virtually in Dehradun on Friday. He said the Mahakumbh would be held on schedule next year, but in a restricted manner.(Sourced)

In a first, passes to be issued for Mahakumbh in Haridwar next year

By Neeraj Santoshi | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 05:07 PM IST
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the authorities were expecting over 12 crore pilgrims to attend the Mahakumbh
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Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(HT Photo)
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(HT Photo)

Only 3 saints each from all Akhadas to take holy dip during Mahakumbh if Covid-19 crisis prevails: CM Rawat

By Kalyan Das | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 05:19 PM IST
Uttarakhand CM Rawat shared the information with the media following a meeting with the prominent saints of Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad to discuss the issues pertaining to next year’s Mahakumbh in the holy city of Haridwar.
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A display board put up near the Niranjani Akhada gate in Haridwar inviting pilgrims for Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)
A display board put up near the Niranjani Akhada gate in Haridwar inviting pilgrims for Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)

Mahakumbh 2021 may not see mass participation owing to Covid-19: Akhada Parishad

By Sandeep Rawat | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 05:21 PM IST
To ensure hassle-free hosting of the Mahakumbh Mela, Akhada Parishad will also organise a three-day major worship ritual across the country from June 21.
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The attentive audience at the final debate at JLF 2019 on whether liberalism stifles debate.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The attentive audience at the final debate at JLF 2019 on whether liberalism stifles debate.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

JLF2019; At the Mahakumbh of literature

By Manjula Narayan | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2019 08:07 PM IST
As always, this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival was where Established India came to rub shoulders with Nobel laureates, Pulitzer prize winners and an adoring reading public
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A worker with loudspeakers of Asha & Co. at its camp store in Kumbh-2019 Mela area.(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT photo)
A worker with loudspeakers of Asha & Co. at its camp store in Kumbh-2019 Mela area.(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT photo)

Giving ‘voice’ to Kumbh, Mahakumbh since 1942

By Rajesh Srivastava | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 09:16 AM IST
It has been decades that mela organisers, seers, religious organisations and pilgrims have been depending on loudspeakers supplied by Asha & Co.
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Pilgrims at Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar.(HT File)
Pilgrims at Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar.(HT File)

Saints seek projects of ‘permanent nature’ for Mahakumbh fair

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 10:10 PM IST
With only three years left for the Mahakumbh Mela in Haridwar, Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad and other organisations of saints have demanded projects of “permanent nature” for the mega fair
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