The Uttarakhand government has issued guidelines related to Kumbh Mela Registration, passes and COVID-19 safety measures for visitors to the Kumbh Mela, which is being held from 14th January, 2021 in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. These guidelines have to be followed by everybody visiting the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. This year, Kumbh Mela Registration will be compulsory for everybody attending the Kumbh Mela. The Kumbh Mela Registration 2021 can be done online on the Kumbh Mela registration official portal.
Guidelines for the Kumbh Mela 2021 Online Registration
- Kumbh Mela Passes, which will be available online, will be issued to pilgrims & visitors attending the Kumbh Mela.
- Nobody will be allowed to attend the Kumbh Mela without a Kumbh Mela Pass.
- Kumbh Mela Registration is compulsory for both pilgrims and visitors to the Kumbh Mela.
- Kumbh Mela registration 2021 can be done at the Kumbh Mela Registration official portal https://www.haridwarkumbhmela2021.com/.
- To complete the Kumbh Mela registration online, visitors will have to upload their RT-PCR report, medical certificate and identity card to the authorised portal.
- Only after the visitors have uploaded the necessary documents, will they be issued a Kumbh Mela Pass.
COVID-19 Guidelines Related to the Kumbh Mela
The Uttarakhand government has also laid down a set of COVID-19 guidelines which will have to be followed by devotees and tourists visiting the Kumbh Mela. These guidelines are mentioned below:
- Devotees and tourists visiting the Kumbh Mela will have to carry a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. The report should have a test date 72 hours before the date of the visit.
- Use of face covers or masks will be compulsory.
- All devotees will have to register with the government of Uttarakhand.
- Devotees & tourists will also have to obtain a compulsory medical certificate in their state from the nearest Community Health Center/District Hospital/Medical College.
- Those who are above 65 years of age, or senior citizens, pregnant women, children below 10 years of age and those with comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension, chronic lung disease and cancer should avoid visiting the Kumbh Mela.
- Individuals should always maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other at all times.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap, even when they do not look dirty. Alcohol based sanitisers will be made available.
- Spitting is strictly prohibited.
- AarogyaSetu app should be installed by everybody.
> You can do the Kumbh Mela 2021 Registration online at the Kumbh Mela Registration official portal www.haridwarkumbhmela2021.com
> For the Kumbh Mela 2021 registration, you will need to upload your RT-PCR report, medical certificate and identity card.
> All visitors to the Kumbh Mela 2021 will have to carry an official pass, which will be available online.
> all visitors to the Kumbh Mela 2021 will have to produce a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. The report should have a test date 72 hours before the date of the visit. It is also compulsory to install the AarogyaSetu app.
> Kumbh Mela is a major pilgrimage of Hindus. It is the largest religious gathering of Hindus held four times over the course of 12 years at 4 different locations that are situated on the bank of the sacred rivers. Prayagraj (at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati Rivers), Ujjain (River Shipra), Haridwar (River Ganga) and Nasik (River Godavari) are the four destinations.
> It is believed, the nectar from the pot fell at four locations – Prayagraj, Ujjain, Haridwar, and Nasik during an epic battle between the gods and the demons. At these four places, Kumbh Mela takes place. The Hindu devotees throng these places with a belief that a dip in the waters of the sacred rivers will wash away all their sins.
> The Ardh Kumbh Mela (Half Kumbh Mela) is held every 6 years in two different locations, Allahabad and Haridwar. Ardh means ‘half’ which is interpreted as the half of 12 years.
> The Maha Kumbh Mela is held every 144 years at Prayagraj (Allahabad), after the completion of 12 Purna Kumbh Melas. The Purna Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years and hence, the Maha Kumbh Mela is held every 144 years (12*12=144).
> The war between the gods and the demons over the possession of the Nectar of Immortality lasted for 12 divine days which are equivalent to 12 human years. Therefore, the Kumbh Mela or more commonly called Purna Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years at the 4 holy sites.
> Kumbh Mela is held in Prayagraj (at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati Rivers), Nasik (River Godavari), Ujjain (River Shipra) and Haridwar (River Ganga).
> The Kumbh Mela in Haridwar in 2021 will begin on 14th January, while the first Shahi Snan will take place on 11th March. The last Shahi Snan will take place on 14th April, marking the end of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela.
> The Hindu devotees believe that a visit to the auspicious Kumbh Mela and a dip in the river will cleanse them from all their sins.
> The major attractions of the Kumbh Mela are: a holy bath in the sacred river that is believed to cleanse one from all their sins; the sacred Aartis on the banks of the river accompanied by the prayers and hymns chanted by the priests, the Pravachan, Kirtan, Mahaprasad and the Naga Sadhus.
> The Naga Sadhus are the followers of Lord Shiva. They don’t wear any clothes and live an ascetic life having relinquished all their desires for body, comfort and material.
> The Naga Sadhus live in the caves of Himalayas, away from the contact of human civilization and meditate there in order to seek enlightenment and salvation.
> One can meet the Naga Sadhus in the Kumbh Mela. You can click their pictures, talk to them and get an insight into their lives and experiences after asking for their permission. However, if they refuse, then it is advised to respect their decision and leave them alone.
> The Naga Sadhus have given away all their desires for material and body and live an ascetic life in order to seek spiritual enlightenment and salvation. This is the reason behind them not wearing any clothes which are a symbol of attachment to the materialistic possessions of the world.
> The Naga Sadhus smear their bodies with the ashes of the burned dead bodies to signify their devotion to the Lord Shiva.
> The Akharas are the places of congregation for the saints. They were originally developed by Adi Shankarcharya in the 8th century and were divided into categories – Astradhari (intelligentsia) and Shastradhari (weapon-bearer). The Akharas are also learning centers where the devotees of Hinduism can learn about the various teachings and philosophies of the Hindu way of life as well as seek the blessings of the saints.
> Initially, there were 4 Akharas which would take part in the Kumbh Mela. But, due to many ideological differences, these 4 Akharas were further divided into 13 categories, mainly of Shaiv, Vaishnav and Udasin sects.
The main bathing dates for Kumbh 2021?
- First Bath: Makar Sankranti (14 Jan 2021)
- Second Bath: Mauni Amavasya (11 Feb 2021)
- Third Bath: Vasant Panchami (16 Feb 2021)
- Fourth Bath: Ram Navami (21 Apr 2021)
- First Shahi Bath: Maha Shivratri (11 March 2021)
- Second Shahi Bath: Somvati Amamvasya (12 April 2021)
- Third Shahi Bath: Baisakhi (14 April 2021)
- Fourth Shahi Bath: Chaitra Purnima (27 April 2021)
> The nearest Airport to Haridwar is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (41 km away). The airport has direct flights operating from Dehradun to major cities like Delhi and Mumbai and connecting flights to all the cities of India. One can hire a cab from outside the airport to go to Haridwar.
Haridwar has its own railway station that connects it to the rest of the country. It enjoys good rail connectivity with the major cities of India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Dehradun, Jaipur, Patna and many others.
Haridwar also enjoys good road connectivity with Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand. Frequent state-run and private buses operate between these places.
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