Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of devotees of Lord Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction. Also known as ‘Kavad’, the yatra or the journey entails quite a few times of walking bare toes to appease the God.
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Devotees, who are regarded as ‘Kanwarias’, travel to pilgrimage places like Haridwar, Gaumukh, Gangotri in Uttarakhand, and Sultanganj in Bihar, to fetch holy waters of River Ganga. Then, they carry it across distinctive states — all though strolling and resting intermittently — to offer it to neighborhood Shiva shrines, like the Pura Mahadev Mandir and Augharnath in Uttar Pradesh, the renowned Kashi Vishwanath temple, and the Baba Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar, Jharkhand.
This yr, the Kanwar Yatra is scheduled to be held from July 14 to July 26, immediately after a gap of two yrs thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kanwar Yatra derives its identify from ‘kanvar’, which is a one pole built of bamboo with two containers stuffed with holy water dangling from the reverse finishes — variety of like a scale. Devotees carry them on their shoulders as they wander lots of miles.
The spiritual significance
In accordance to Hindu scriptures, the Ganga river emerges from the locks of Lord Shiva, and so, there is a excellent association involving the two. In simple fact, Kanwar Yatra is similar to the churning of the ocean of milk, also identified as ‘samudra manthan‘ as for each the Puranas.
When the poison arrived out in advance of the amrita or the elixir, the earth commenced to burn, and Shiva stepped up to ingest it and defend mankind. But, his individual throat turned blue. In Treta Yuga, Shiva’s devout follower King Ravana meditated and poured holy Ganga water on a Shiva linga in Pura Mahadev, hence releasing the God from the poison’s adverse power.
This is why devotees are recognized to continue on this custom.
The journey is generally undertaken in the monsoon month of Shravana (amongst July and August). The kanwarias usually don unique saffron-colored robes and chant ‘Bol Bam’ to glorify Shiva.
There are camps set up for them in different areas, for the pilgrims to rest and take it easy, right before they carry on with their yatra. Even though it is predominantly undertaken by adult males, numerous females participate, also.
The journey’s fruits
At the time the pilgrims access their destination, the Ganges water is made use of to bathe the Shiva lingam on the 13th working day (trayodashi) in Shravana thirty day period, which is also identified as the Sawan Shivaratri. This 12 months, it falls on Tuesday, July 26.
In accordance to reviews, this calendar year, Haridwar and surrounding spots have been divided into 12 super zones, 31 zones and 133 sectors and about 9,000-10,000 protection staff are likely to be deployed to keep regulation and order.
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