Patriotism blended with religious fervour marks Kanwad Mela
The ‘josh’ seems to be all time high during the Falgun Kanwad Mela (as per lunar calendar) this year. With the patriotic emotions running high, the Kanwadiyas are now streaming into Haridwar with the Indian tricolor fluttering on their carts. On one side, the saffron-hued T’s are speaking of the religious fervour while on the other is the national flag fluttering in the air proudly from the beautifully decked Kanwads. The Kanwadiyas coming through the Bijnor national highway and traversing through Chandi Ghat are gushing in the holy city now with their patriotic mooring running high. And the 100- feet high Indian flag installed at Divya Prem Sewa Mission sets a perfect backdrop of the patriotism-charged pilgrimage.
The Kanwadiyas decorate their pitches and carts in myriad ways. They are covering miles before they reach the holy city to fetch holy water from revered Ganga. Many come and discard their old Kanwads once their wish is fulfilled and take new ones filled with the holy water to be offered on Shivalingas at their native places.
Not just their attires and flags are showing their patriotic zeal but patriotic songs are blaring from the carts. Besides, the traditional ‘Bum Bum’ is reverberating in the air. Speaking to The Pioneer, one of the pilgrims from Bulandshahr said, “I am proud to belong to the Indi’s rich culture and heritage. We have heard that the Wing Commander Abhinandan has returned to India safe and sound. Our josh is all time high. To express my heartfelt salutes to the nation and the soldiers, I have mounted our Indian flag on the Kanwad.”
Notably, the Shivaratri festival is celebrated twice in a year – one in Shrawan (July) and another in Falgun (February-March).
Notably, 70% of the pilgrims come from Kumaon, Badayun and some parts of North India during this pilgrimage. With patriotic zeal and religious faith, the Kanwadiyas tread miles together to reach their destination. On March 4, they would offer the holy water collected from the holy river on the Shivalingas.
Saturday, 02 March 2019 | PNS | Haridwar