(G.N.S) dt. 30
Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand government is preparing for the Kanwar Yatra from July 14, the annual pilgrimage wherein Lord Shiva devotees travel on foot to fetch holy water of the Ganga from Uttarakhand’s Haridwar to shrines in their localities.
A large number of devotees are expected this year because the yatra could not take place due to Covid-19 in the past two years, said Surendra Singh, divisional commissioner of Meerut who is overseeing preparations across the five districts of western Uttar Pradesh.
To be sure, the Uttar Pradesh government did try to go ahead with the pilgrimage last year despite fears that it could spark a third wave of Covid cases but was forced to back down after the Supreme Court intervened.