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Jhanda Mela to be limited to religious rituals this year

Thursday, 01 April 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

Considering the recent surge in Covid-19 cases the Jhanda Mela Organising Committee has decided to cancel the recreational activities and hold only the religious rituals as part of the Jhanda Mela this year. The committee has also started Mela hospital in the premises of Shri Guru Ram Rai Darbar Sahib as a precautionary measure against the Covid-19 contagion. According to the organising committee, a team from Mahant Indiresh Hospital including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff besides an ambulance has been made available in the Darbar Sahib premises in order to facilitate essential and immediate medical services to the devotees. Devotees are being allowed to enter the premises only after showing a negative RT-PCR report. Any devotee arriving on the premises can approach the medical team if they feel sick during their visit to the city for the event.

The organising committee also informed that after shortening the route for Nagar Parikrama on April 4, the recreational activities of the Mela have also been cancelled considering the risk of Covid-19. Bhupendra Raturi from the organising committee informed that the religious rituals in the Jhanda Mela will start from April 2 with the raising of the new holy flag followed by the Nagar Parikrama on April 4. “We have cancelled the recreational activities part of the Mela that generally lasts till Ramnavami every year. However, the religious part of the ceremony will be conducted in the presence of the devotees which will end on April 4,” said Raturi. He further informed that the devotees are working devotedly on sewing and preparing Gilaf for the flag raising ceremony on Friday. He also revealed that devotees who will donate the Gilaf for the flag raising ceremony are already booked till the year 2122.

Apart from this, the superintendent of police (city), Sarita Dobhal along with some officials of the district administration also inspected the premises of Darbar Sahib to check the arrangements made by the Mela organising committee in view of approaching Jhanda Mela.

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