After talking to Swami Avdheshanand Giri over phone the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar should be kept “symbolic” to help India in its fight against the Covid pandemic. It is said that several prophets have been tested positive and two chief prophets have even died due to the coronavirus.
“Spoke to Acharya Swami Avdheshanand Giri ji on the phone today. Enquired about the health of all saints. All the saints are providing support to the administration for a smooth conduct of the affair and I thanked them for it,” tweeted the Prime Minister in Hindi.
“Now that two royal baths have taken place, I appeal to everyone to keep Kumbh Mela symbolic due to the coronavirus crisis. This will give strength to India’s fight against the virus,” he again tweeted.
Following the phone call with the PM, Swami Avdheshanand asked devotees not to come in huge numbers to take the Shahi Snan and to strictly follow the Covid-19 guidelines.
“We honor the call of honourable Prime Minister! Protecting life is a great virtue. We urge the public not to come for a bath in large numbers and observe the rules, given the circumstances ,” tweeted Swami Avdheshanand.
This PM’s message comes after around 2,000 devotees tested positive for the disease in a week at the Kumbh. Those who were taking bath at Kumbh were fully disregarding the Covid-19 protocols.
India on Saturday reported 2,34,692 cases with 1,341 deaths in the last 24 hours.