Kanwar Yatra 2022: After two years, the holy Kanwar Yatra will take place. It used to be held annually, however, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been canceled for the past two years. Now, the Kanwar Yatra will be held again this year as the majority of the country’s citizens have received the first, and in most cases even the second, doses of the vaccine. Before embarking on a Kanwar trip, here’s everything you need to know about it:
Kanwar Yatra 2022: Start and End Date
The Uttarakhand government is all set to welcome a record number of devotees this year. Estimated to be around 3-4 crores. The Kanwar Yatra starts on July 14 and ends on July 26 this year.
What is Kanwar Yatra?
It is a pilgrimage organized by Hindus where devotees gather to fetch the holy water of the Ganges from holy places including Haridwar and Gangotri in Uttarakhand. Devotees travel through Saharanpur, Shamli, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Baghpat districts of western Uttar Pradesh to reach Haridwar.
History of Kanwar expedition
History of Kanwar Yatra Since the 1960s the pilgrimage was performed by only a few sadhus or devotees. Until the 1990s, the holy pilgrimage became known to the whole world. A huge number of devotees from all over the world have come for the Yatra today. According to Hindu mythology, the story of Kanwar Yatra is related to the Samudra Manthan incident, where Lord Shiva was forced to drink poison in order to get Amrit (Elixir of Life) for the other deities.
Importance of Kanwar Yatra
Many devotees make it a habit to complete the journey barefoot. But those who cannot go on foot can use private vehicles. Devotees and charitable organizations provide free services, food, water, tea and medical aid to devotees.
Temporary accommodations are also arranged along the route for devotees to rest for a while. Throughout the journey, Shiva devotees recite Bol Bam along with many religious bhajans and chants of Shiva.
During the Kanwar Yatra, Kawariyas or devotees of Lord Shiva pass through the districts of Saharanpur, Shamli, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to reach Haridwar, Gomukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand. Kanwariyas from Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Western UP and Rajasthan take National Highway 58 to reach Uttarakhand.
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