Kanwar Yatra has been cancelled by Uttrakhand Government for the consecutive year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government took final decision on Kanwar Yatra on Tuesday evening after which it was decided to cancel the pilgrimage.
What is Kanwar Yatra”
The Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Shiva. As part of the pilgrimage, devotees travel to Haridwar in Uttarakhand and other parts of the country to fetch holy water from the river Ganga.
Kanwar Yatra is a pilgrimage of Shiva devotees, known as Kanwariyas, to Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch Ganga water. They take the water back to their native places for Shiv Lingams in temples.
On the other hand Uttar Pradesh government has stated that only a minimum number of people should participate in Kanwar Yatra and follow Covid-19 protocol.