Swords banned, arrangements in place: Uttarakhand ready for Kanwar Yatra

Champawat: In anticipation of the arrival of more than five crore pilgrims in the month of Shravan, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thursday assured that all arrangements have been made by the state administration for safe Kanwar Yatra. Regarding smooth operation and safety during Kanwar Yatra. We appeal to them to follow the rules made by the administration.

“This time we are expecting more than 5 crores in Kanwar Yatra. No matter how many devotees of Lord Shiva come, everyone is welcome.”

The Uttarakhand administration on Wednesday announced that pilgrims with swords, tridents and other such harmful items will not be allowed during the Kanwar Yatra. The administration also directed the station and outpost in-charges to confiscate these materials at the district border. Senior Superintendent of Police Janmejay Khanduri said, “There will be a ban on bringing swords, tridents and sticks in the Kanwar Yatra starting tomorrow. All police station and outpost in-charges have been directed to seize them at the district border.” SSP), Dehradun.

The ‘Kanwar Yatra’ is an annual pilgrimage of the devotees of Lord Shiva which began on Thursday. Kanwariyas (pilgrim) visit places like Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch the holy water of the river Ganges. Then they worship the Lord with the same water. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Kanwar Yatra in Uttarakhand in 2021 was canceled and entry to ‘Har Ki Pauri’ was also banned.

Thursday also marks the beginning of the holy month of ‘Sawan’ (Shravan), which is considered the most auspicious month of the year. According to Hindu religious beliefs, this month holds great significance for the devotees of Lord Shiva, who is considered the creator, protector and destroyer of the universe.

In the month of Shravan, devotees observe a fast on Mondays, which are considered particularly auspicious days of the month. Lord Shiva is worshiped on Mondays throughout the year and the Mondays of this month are especially important as the entire month is dedicated to the Lord. This festival is mainly celebrated in North India. This year Sawan will start from 14th July and will end on 12th August. There are four Mondays during this period – July 18, July 25, August 1 and August 8.

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