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‘Kumbh Mela ought to solely be symbolic now,’ says Modi; two shahi snans over, almost 2,000 COVID-19 circumstances at congregation until now – India News , Firstpost

Modi tweeted that he spoke to Swami Avdheshanand Giri of Juna Akhara over phone and inquired in regards to the well being of saints

Seers on the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar. News18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Saturday the continuing Kumbh in Haridwar ought to now have symbolic participation because of the COVID-19 disaster.

Modi tweeted that he spoke to Swami Avdheshanand Giri of Juna Akhara over phone and inquired in regards to the well being of saints, lots of whom have contracted the an infection, and in addition conveyed his appreciation for his or her cooperation with the native administration.

“I prayed that two ‘shahi snans’ have taken place and Kumbh (participation) should now be kept symbolic. This will boost the fight against this crisis,” the prime minister tweeted in Hindi.

Responding to Modi’s name, Avdheshanand urged folks to not come to the Kumbh mela for bathing in massive numbers because of the COVID-19 state of affairs and to observe the principles.

Saving one’s and different’s lives is sacred, he added.

The ongoing Kumbh, which has seen folks from completely different elements of the nation attending the auspicious occasion in massive numbers, has drawn flak from varied quarters because the variety of COVID-19 circumstances has zoomed at a fast tempo previously few weeks. The occasion has additionally reported the coronavirus circumstances in massive numbers.

In the previous week, almost 2,000 devotees examined constructive on the Kumbh. On Thursday, Mahamandaleshwar Kapil Dev Das of the Nirwani Akhara died because of COVID-19 problems on the Maha Kumbh space, reported The Times of India.

The ongoing Kumbh has already been shortened this yr to only one month from 1 to 30 April because of the pandemic. In regular circumstances, the occasion, which comes as soon as in 12 years, is held from mid January to April.

With inputs from PTI

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