Haridwar, January 12
Amid rising COVID-19 cases, the Uttarakhand government has imposed a ban on devotees taking a dip in the Ganga in Haridwar and Rishikesh on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on January 14 (Friday).
In an order issued by Haridwar District Magistrate Vinay Shankar Pandey and Dehradun District Magistrate R Rajesh Kumar, there will be a ban on devotees gathering at Har ki Pairi in Haridwar, Triveni ghat in Rishikesh, and other ghats for a ritual bath on Makar Sakranti.
A large number of devotees take a holy dip in the Ganga both in Haridwar and Rishikesh on the occasion of Makar Sankranti every year.
COVID-19 cases in Uttarakhand have been on the rise over the past few days. A total of 2,127 COVID positive cases were reported on Tuesday and 1,292 on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government also imposed a ban on any kind of religious gathering on January 14 for Makar Sankranti and Pongal festival celebrations.