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Kumbha Mela ends: 70 lakh participated in ‘scaled down’ mela

Seventy lakh devotees participated in Haridwar’s Kumbh Mela, the mammoth religious congregation ended on Friday

Despite the second wave of Covid, huge number of people gathered around Haridwar to take a dip in the holy Ganga t

The 2021 event was a comparatively modest event — reduced to just one month and scaled down midway due to the raging pandemic.

Held over three months in normal circumstances, the Kumbh Mela this time formally begun as late as April 1.

Three shahi snans took place during the event on April 12, 14 and 27, the last one being reduced to a largely symbolic event.

The crowds began petering out after an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the seers to keep their representation in Kumbh symbolic.

The Joona Akhada, the largest among the sects which attend the mela, was the first to respond to Modi’s appeal, followed by several other akhadas which withdrew from the event.

Ordinary devotees then followed their example.

Mela organisers claim that the event, among the largest religious gatherings on earth, passed off without any serious untoward incident anywhere in the Kumbh Mela Kshetra spread over an area of 641 hectares from Haridwar to Devprayag.

“A stampede, a clash or a dispute among seers of different Akhadas marked most of the editions of the event in the past. But this time, despite the extraordinary circumstances arising out of a strong second wave of coronavirus, the Kumbh Mela passed off without any interruption.


Uttarakhand government suspends Char Dham yatra

The Uttarakhand government on Thursday decided to suspend the Char Dham Yatra this year due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the portals of the four revered shrines — Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri — will open at the decided time.

Tirath Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, said, “Given the pandemic situation, the Char Dham Yatra for pilgrims has been suspended for this year. The portals of all the four shrines will open at the decided time. Only the priests will conduct all rituals which will continue as per tradition.”

The date for opening the portals of Badrinath shrine is May 18 which was announced on the occasion of Basant Panchami. The portals of Kedarnath shrine will open on May 17.

The portals of Yamunotri shrine will be opened on May 14 while the portals of Gangotri shrine will be opened on May 15 on the occasion of Akshay Tritya.

Last year, the Yatra started for pilgrims of Uttarakhand on July 1 while for pilgrims from outside the state, it was opened in the last week of July.

The number of daily pilgrims was fixed at 800 for the Kedarnath shrine, 1200 for Badrinath, 600 for Gangotri and 400 for Yamunotri last year.

Earlier this month, the Uttarakhand High Court had directed the state government to formulate guidelines for the yatra.

In comparison to 2019 when more than 38 lakh pilgrims visited the Char Dham of Uttarakhand, the numbers came down to 4.2 lakh in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dalai Lama contributes to India’s fight against pandemic

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday announced to contribute to the PM-Cares Fund as a token of solidarity with fellow Indian brothers and sisters. “I have been following the continuing challenge that the Covid-19 pandemic has been posing across the world, including in India, with concern,” the Dalai Lama said in a statement.

“At this critical time, during this alarming Covid-19 surge, I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust to make a donation to the PM-CARES Fund as a token of our solidarity with fellow Indian brothers and sisters.

“May I take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for all the efforts that are being made to tackle this devastating pandemic, especially by those courageously working on the frontline. I pray that the pandemic threat will end soon,” the elderly Buddhist monk added.

The Tibetan administration in exile is based in the north Indian hill town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.


Hingula jatra kicks off without devotees

Here is some news from Odisha

The famous nine-day Maa Hingula Jatra took off at Gopalprasad village under Talcher block here on Monday though with Covid restrictions.

However, all customary rituals were carried out amid safety protocol, as the goddess appeared in the form of fire at Hingula temple. 

While devotees flock to the ‘pitha sthala’ every year to seek darshan of the goddess, this year was different as gatherings were banned by the district administration and all entry routes sealed by police. 

“We had deployed two platoons of police force at Gopalprasad where Maa had appeared, to prevent crowd. The first day of the jatra was peaceful and no untoward incident reported,”

Legend has it that Maa Hingula, who is the presiding deity in the kitchen of Jagannath temple in Puri, leaves the temple on this day to give  darshan to devotees.


Madras High Court order on Temple Elephants

The Madras High Court on Tuesday (April 27) appealed to the relevant authorities to ensure that the elephants held in captivity by the various temples are treated in a humane and dignified manner, are provided sufficient food and water and shelter from the heat, and not otherwise beaten or mistreated in any manner or form.

The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy was presiding over a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Rangarajan Narasimhan, concerning temple elephants and other elephants owned by private individuals.

The Court noted that there were two aspects to the present matter:-

  • Treatment of the elephants in captivity, particularly in several temples in the State.
  • Desirable prohibition of the wonderful animal being domesticated or used as a beast of burden any further

The Petitioner submitted that two elephants by the names of Andal and Lakshmi at the Srirangam Temple were without mahouts. Though the State didn’t admit the position, however, the Court remarked,

It has to be immediately looked into whether the two elephants are interacting with any person who is attending to them, since elephants are known to be attached to individuals and even emotional to some extent.”

Further, asking the relevant authorities to ensure that the elephants are treated in a humane and dignified manner, the Court also remarked that they should be provided with sufficient food and water and shelter from the heat and not otherwise beaten or mistreated in any manner or form.

 A report on the compliance of such rules at every temple site with any captive elephant has been directed to be filed when the matter appears next on June 8.


Octogenarian RSS worker gives up hospital bed for younger patient, later dies at home

An 85-year-old man in India who selflessly abandoned his hospital bed to make way for a younger patient has passed away from the coronavirus at home, said reports. Narayan Dabhalkar, a retired statistician, and Hindu organisation RSS worker walked out of the casualty ward of the Indira Gandhi Rughnalaya (IGR) government hospital in Nagpur, Maharashtra, against the advice of doctors – and despite his blood oxygen levels falling – after he witnessed a woman pleading with staff to admit her 40-year-old husband to the crowded medical facility.

“I am 85,” Mr Dabhalkar reportedly told staff. “I have lived my life. Saving the life of a young man is more important. Their children are young… please give my bed to them.” Discharged and collected by his daughter Aasawari Kothiwan, he died three days later at home.



The M/s Harsha Motors has donated a Toyota Innova Crysta vehicle worth Rs.20 lakhs to Tirupati Tirumala Devsathanam on Sunday morning.

On behalf of Harsha Toyota Sri Bhanuprakash Reddy handed over the vehicle keys to Srivari temple Deputy  EO Sri Harindranath in front of Temple after special pujas.


The auto giant Ashok Leyland Co, Chennai has donated a Rs.24 lakh worth mini bus of 34 seat capacity to TTD on Saturday.

On behalf of Ashok Leyland, Sri K Mohan, it’s Sales Head handed over the vehicle keys to Srivari temple Dy EO Sri Harindranath in front of Srivari temple after special pujas etc.


Comedian withdraws video after outfit run by BJP MLA’s son takes offence

A comedian has withdrawn a video from social media platforms after an organisation run by a Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA’s son accused him of hurting religious sentiments.

Ranjeet Kaushal, also known as Ranjeet Bhaiya, told PTI on Saturday that he got a call from a person from `Hindu Rakshak’, an outfit run by BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaud’s son Eklavya.

Eklavya Singh was in news earlier this year when he filed a case against comedian Munawar Faruqui for allegedly cracking jokes about Hindu deities, leading to the latter’s arrest.

“A man rang me up from Eklavya Singh’s office. He told me my video has hurt religious feelings and I have no right to mock a religion. I felt he was right so I apologised and withdrew the video,” Kaushal said.

“I had no intention to hurt anybody’s religious feelings. The video had a message against infanticide in the end,” the comedian added.

A Hindu Rakshak spokesperson said Kaushal withdrew the video about Navratri after the organisation issued him a “first and last warning”.




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