Amid COVID-19 surge, over 30 lakh devotees participate in second Shahi Snan

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Image Source: Uttarakhand DIPR

A total of 31 lakh devotees took a holy dip on the occasion of the second Shahi Snan at the Har Ki Pauri till six pm on Monday during the ongoing Kumbh Mela amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Till 6 pm today, a total of 31 lakh devotees have taken Snan in and around the Kumbh Mela area,” Kumbh Mela Police Control Room informed.

Image Source: Uttarakhand DIPR

The first Shahi Snan was held on March 11 on the occasion of Mahashivratri, while the second is being held on Monday and Wednesday. The third Shahi Snan will be attended by 13 akharas.

Kumbh Inspector General (IG) Sanjay Gunjyal had earlier admitted that it was difficult to ensure social distancing norms during the second Shahi Snan.

“We are continuously appealing to people to follow COVID-19-appropriate behavior. But due to the huge crowd, it is practically not possible to issue challans today. It is very difficult to ensure social distancing at ghats,” Gunjyal had said.

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