After Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, Jharkhand is the latest to call off kanwar yatra by devotees in view of the pandemic.
As per practice, pilgrims called as 'warkaris', along with over 250 'Palki' undertake the pilgrimage by foot from their respective natives places to the Lord Vitthal temple at Pandharpur.
"No celebrations, processions, gatherings, etc. shall be allowed during forthcoming Kanwar Yatra-2021 starting from July 25 in NCT of Delhi," stated an order issued by the DDMA.
Kerala's decision poses 'a huge public health challenge' and it will weaken the nation's fight against the pandemic, VHP chief said.
The Uttarakhand government has already called off the Kanwar Yatra citing fears expressed by experts of a possible third wave of the pandemic and the risk posed by such gatherings.
The Uttarakhand government has cancelled the annual kanwar Yatra in view of the looming threat of a third wave of COVID- 19.
The statement has come as the Supreme Court on Friday asked the state government to inform it by July 19 whether it would reconsider its decision to hold a "symbolic" Kanwar Yatra.
However, barring Kanwariyas, there will be no restriction on the movement of others, Uttarakhand Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar added.
'Right to life is paramount': SC asks UP to reconsider its stand on conducting 'symbolic' Kanwar Yatra
The top court's direction came after the Uttar Pradesh government told the bench that it has decided after relevant discussions to hold a "symbolic" Kanwar Yatra with appropriate Covid restrictions.
'Kanwariyas' entering Haridwar despite ban on yatra to be quarantined for two weeks: Uttarakhand DGP
The DGP said if a 'Kanwariya' is seen on the road, he or she should be sent back by a bus or some other means of transport.
"COVID-19 is a major pandemic. All the governments and people must take all the required steps to curb the pandemic together," he said.
A warning notice issued by the Haridwar SSP said that a 14-day institutional quarantine is mandatory for people coming from outside.
The double standard of the authorities is also evident in the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to press ahead with the Kanwar Yatra in its state from July 25.
We should have faith in religion but that doesn't mean we can play with lives. The IMA had warned of a third wave. Even the prime minister had expressed concern over it, Subodh Uniyal said.
The bench, also comprising Justice B R Gavai, said that it was "little disturbed" to read that UP has chosen to continue with the Kanwar yatra.