Vat Amavasya: Thousands of tourist arrived in Haridwar after 56 days, social distancing blown away
Thousands of pilgrims reached Dharmanagari Haridwar on Vat Amavasya. Devotees took bath in the Ganges on Har ki Pauri
Thousands of pilgrims reached Dharmanagari Haridwar on Vat Amavasya. Devotees took bath in the Ganges on Har ki Pauri. From parking to markets, crowds were visible. The police also appeared soft. With the opening of the market at Har ki Pauri, social distancing was seen anywhere. After 56 days such a large number of people are seen in the city.
Devotees took bath on the banks of the Ganges on Vat Amavasya on Thursday. At the same time, women observe Vat Savitri fast. A large number of devotees reached Haridwar on Thursday morning for bathing in the Ganges. About 400 vehicles reached Pandit Din Dayal Upadhyay's parking lot.
The markets around Har ki Pauri were seen to be opened without permission. The police maintained complete leniency from morning till one o'clock. The pilgrims who came to Haridwar also took bath in the Ganges. Due to Vat Amavasya, there was a huge crowd in Haridwar.
Only a few shops of Moti Bazar, Bada Bazar remained closed, other shops remained open. The upper road market remained completely open while other shops including garland bangles, prasad, were not allowed to open. After one o'clock in the afternoon, the police reached the spot and closed the market. People were not seen to follow the norms of social distancing at Har ki Pauri, only a few people were seen wearing masks.
Women worship and fast
On the day of Jyeshtha Amavasya, married women fasts for the happiness of Brahma's wife Savitri and asked for a boon to be married forever. According to Pandit Prateek Mishrapuri of Indian Prach Vidya Society, according to both Skanda Purana and Bhavishya Purana, women observe this fast for good fortune.
On this day Savitri protected her husband from Yamraj. According to astrology, on this new moon day, the moon comes in its exalted sign, which provides longevity. At some places, this fast is also observed on Jyeshtha Shukla Purnima.
People reached their relative's place
Most of the people who came to Haridwar came to visit their relatives and also took a bath on Vat Amavasya on Thursday morning. Travelers were seen in only a few hotels around Har ki Pauri.