Devotees take dip in Ganga flouting COVID protocols in Bihar

  • | Tuesday | 1st December, 2020

Hundreds of devotees took a dip in the Ganga on the occasion of Kartik Purnima on Monday despite the district administration’s appeal to the people to avoid visiting ghats. Many of them even spent the night at the Digha, Gandhi, and Kangan ghats and observed a daylong fast.

Hundreds of devotees took a dip in the Ganga on the occasion of Kartik Purnima on Monday despite the district administration’s appeal to the people to avoid visiting ghats. Many of them even spent the night at the Digha, Gandhi, and Kangan ghats and observed a daylong fast.

Kartik or Tripurari Purnima is the fifteenth lunar day of the Kartik month. It is believed that Tripurari, an avatar of Lord Shiva, had killed three demons, Tripurasura, on this day. Kartik Purnima started at 12.47pm on Sunday and ended at 2.59pm on Monday this year.

Boring Road resident Shweta Surbhi went to the Digha Ghat with her family on Monday. She thanked the administration for making necessary arrangements and ensuring social distancing norms.

Patna divisional commissioner Sanjay Kumar Agarwal told this newspaper that a large number of cops, as well as NDRF and SDRF personnel, were deployed at the ghats.

“Although the number of devotees was less compared to last year, all precautionary measures were taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he added.

There were also some devotees who did not go to the ghats in view of the pandemic. Anandpuri resident Janak Kishori said, “We preferred staying indoors to visiting ghats for performing the Kartik Purnima rituals.”

Celebrations at Sonepur: The monthlong Sonepur fair may have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but a large number of people visited the Baba Harihar Nath Mandir to offer prayers.

“Nearly 12,000 devotees visited the Baba Harihar Nath Mandir this year. They were made to stand in a queue and perform rituals at the entrance of the temple through a digital screen,” said Bumbum Pandey, a priest at the temple.



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