Jharkhand government has decided to postpone the world-famous Shravani Mela that was scheduled to be held in Deoghar this year because of skyrocketing COVID cases across the country.
Hemant Soren the Chief Minister of Jharkhand on July 2 held a meeting with district collectors of Deoghar and Dumka through video conferencing for organizing the Shravani Mela. He also gave them the necessary guidelines for renovating Baba Baidyanath temple and Basukinath Temple which will bring magnificence to the temples.
CM also instructed the district collectors of Deoghar and Dumka that no buses from any state should ply over the borders of Deoghar and Dumka districts and the message about postponing the Shravani Mela must be widely displayed on the state border.
Soren said that organizing such a big fair amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging task for the government as the fair attracts millions of people from all over India and abroad.
The state government doesn’t want to travel through the bad phase of the pandemic by organizing the Shravani Mela, CM Soren added.
Delegation of Dharam Rakshini Sabha welcomed the state government’s decision to postpone the Shravani Mela amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The delegation also said that the work will be done in the government’s favor and apart from daily worship work, no activities will be done in Basukinath Dham.
However, Godda MP Nishikant Dubey has challenged the government’s decision in Jharkhand High Court, and in return, the court has reserved its verdict for tomorrow.
About Shravani Mela
Shravani Mela is a major festival time in Deoghar district of Jharkhand where thousands of pilgrims bring holy water around 100 km on foot from the Ganges at Sultnaganj, Bihar.
It also comes up with the annual Kanwar Yatra which is made to Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gangotri, and Gaumukh in Uttarakhand to fetch holy water of Ganges River.