Kanwar Yatra: Around 3.30 cr pilgrims reach Haridwar

Kanwar Yatra
Haridwar: About 3.30 crore pilgrims have reached Haridwar as part of the ongoing Kanwar Yatra, said an official. Flower petals were showered on the ‘Kanwariyas’ from the helicopter at a couple of locations in the district on Sunday.
Kanwar Yatra
Kanwar Yatra

“Three crore and thirty lakh pilgrims have come to Haridwar. The number is expected to reach 3.50 crore by tomorrow,” said Janmajay Khanduri, SSP Haridwar.

Kanwar Yatra
The Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of Lord Shiva’s devotees, which had started this year on July 23.
Kanwar Yatra
Uttarakhand Police also stated that special arrangements have been made for the comfortable commute of pilgrims and necessary assistance is being provided as per need.

Every year, around this time of the year, scores of these devotees from across India, often wearing orange-colored clothes with decorated pots on their shoulders, undertake the pilgrimage, called Kanwar Yatra, on foot during Saavan- a month in the Hindu calendar.

Kanwar Yatra
These pilgrims, majority of who are young men, visit Haridwar, Gaumukh, and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch waters of River Ganga. Later, the holy water is dispensed as offerings to Lord Shiva in temples. The Uttarakhand government had already announced that all schools and colleges in Haridwar would remain closed from July 23 to July 30.

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