New Delhi: The country is going to celebrate Makar Sankranti on January 14 amid the crisis of the corona epidemic. There has been an ancient tradition of taking a dip of faith in the Ganges on this day. People come from all corners of the country to bathe in the Ganga. But this time because the third wave of the corona is wreaking havoc, restrictions have also been imposed by the administration. There is a ban on bathing, and there are other restrictions.
Haridwar:- A complete ban on Ganga bathing on Makar Sankranti in Haridwar on January 14. Haridwar District Collector Vinay Shankar Pandey has banned devotees from taking baths on that day. Devotees from outside states and other districts have also not been allowed. Bathing has been banned only on the occasion of Makar Sankranti to prevent people from gathering collectively.
Rishikesh:- At the same time, corona cases are also increasing rapidly in Rishikesh. The local administration has also completely banned bathing at all ghats. Here also, no devotee will be able to bathe in the Ganga on January 14. Devotees are disappointed with the administration's decision, but it is considered an urgent step in the midst of the corona crisis.
Prayagraj:- There is no ban in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, but some rules and regulations have definitely been imposed. It has been reported that thermal scanning will be done from time to time for devotees visiting the Magh Mela. Masks will be distributed and people will be made aware of the public address system i.e. sound. At the same time, corona testing of employees, sailors, co-drivers on duty at the fair will be mandatory. Apart from all this, those who want to stay in Prayagraj for a full month will also have to bring with RTPCR reports of Corona. It has also been reported that the number of ghats has been increased this time so that more crowd of devotees does not gather.
Kashi:- There is no clear guideline so far on Baba Vishwanath's city Varanasi. Since active cases have now exceeded 1600, many other restrictions have been imposed. However, the decision on bathing the Ganga in Makar Sankranti has not been taken. In this regard, Varanasi DM Kaushal Raj Sharma said that a final decision on Makar Sankranti is yet to be taken. Since the Magh Mela is also to be held in Prayagraj, guidelines are also being invited from there as to what arrangements have been put in place there. It is advisable for devotees coming from outside not to come and gather in one place. Wherever the Ganga flows in the village, people should bathe there.
Garhmukteshwar:- A large number of devotees also reach Brijghat in Garhmukteshwar to bathe in the Ganga. But this time a variety of restrictions have been imposed here due to corona guidelines. It has been clearly stated that no ghat will be allowed to accumulate more crowds. In addition, entry to the ghat will also be available only to those who are wearing masks. It has also been made mandatory to sanitise everyone's hands after bathing.