Vrindavan is the holy abode of Lord Krishna and holi is popular festival there which witnesses large celebration. But with the fresh Covid-19 surge feared during the festive season, the Uttar Pradesh government had last week issued directions for “aggressive Covid tests” at airports, bus stations and railway stations and banned processions without permission.
But inspite of new guidelines issued by government prohibiting mass gatherings during the Holi festival, thousands gather at the Banke Bihari Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Vrindavan to celebrate the festival.
In a video has been surfaced in internet it is seen thousands of devotees, without facemasks playing holi at famous Mathura temple. Though the priests are heard requesting the sea of crowd to back away from the temple entrance.
Not only the Mathura or Vrindavan similar scenes have emerged from Lucknow and Prayagraj as well. Also in Etawah SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and other party workers celebrated Holi with flower petals.
All kinds of processions have also been banned during the festive season in the state without the administration’s permission. If permission is granted, all those involved will have to follow the basic Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing,, wearing face masks and using sanitizers. Further, those above 60 years or younger than 10, and people with co-morbidities will not be allowed to participate in any gathering.
Additional Secretary in the Health Ministry Arti Ahuja, in a letter to state chief secretaries and union territory administrators, stated "…in view of upcoming festivals such as Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Bihu, Easter and Eid-ul-Fitr, etc., it is strongly advised that states may consider imposing local restrictions in public observance of these festivals and limit/do away with mass gatherings in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 22 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,”