Over 100 thousand devotees thronged Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath temple to take a holy dip within the Ganga river on the second Monday of ‘Sawan’ month, ignoring warnings issued by authorities to stick to the Covid-19 tips. Most guests had been seen strolling with out face masks or sustaining social distance.
“Baba Bholenath takes care of every one. His devotees are protected. Corona is nothing in entrance of the ability of Baba Bholenath,” stated Raju Rai, one of many devotees, as he joined loud chants of “Har Har Mahadev” heading to take a dip in Ganga. Prasad Dikshit, a priest, expressed an identical sentiment. “Baba will care for all,” he stated.
A senior official of the temple administration assured that adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour is a precedence. “It’s being ensured that the devotees preserve bodily distance within the temple premises,” stated chief government officer of the temple, Sunil Kumar Verma.
A devotee, nonetheless, stated: “The group was so enormous that it was nearly troublesome to keep up social distance as queues stretched for practically two kilometres.”
The month-long celebration of Sawan, also referred to as Sharvan, is devoted to Shiva and Monday is taken into account as essentially the most auspicious day for worshipping Lord Shiva.
As per custom, devotees accumulate gangajal (Ganga water) from the river and stroll to the temple to supply the water to the deity.
Many devotees take a holy dip within the Ganga and accumulate Gangajal in pitchers after which go to the temple.
This 12 months, owing to Covid-19, the annual kanwar yatra, which is normally carried out within the month of Sawan, has additionally been cancelled amid warnings over a potential third wave.
“We have now appealed to the folks a number of instances to put on masks, comply with bodily distance and keep away from visiting crowded locations,” stated Varanasi’s chief medical officer Dr VB Singh.
Until Monday, Uttar Pradesh’s tally of Covid-19 instances reached 1,708,500, with 24 new instances. Of those, Varanasi reported two.