Deoghar: The auspicious month of Shravan is all set to commence from Monday however thanks to Coronavirus devotees will not be able to offer Jala-abhishek to Baba Baidyanath located in this temple town.
The month of Shravan is also considered very dear to Baba Bholenath and especially during the month of Shravan the city throughout the month appears to be painted in a sea of orange as kanwariyas from across the country and that from other parts of the world come to offer Jala-abhishek to Baba Baidyanath. The devotees collect the water of holy Ganga from Sultanganj and travel a distance of 110 kilometers on their foot to offer Jala-abhishek to Baba Baidyanath.
However, this time around no such scenes would be visible as due to Coronavirus the government decided not to organise the Shravani Mela in Deoghar and Basukinath Dham of Dumka.
Further, the Deoghar district administration has firmed up all plans to prevent the entry of devotees in the temple town and special arrangements have been put into place on the bordering areas connecting Jharkhand with Bihar and West Bengal.
The Jharkhand High Court also denied permission to organise the Shravani Mela in Deoghar however the court did order the government to make arrangements for the virtual darshan of Lord Shiva. It is for the first time in the last 200 years that Shravani Mela and Kanwar Yatra is not taking place in Deoghar and Basukinath Dham.
Deoghar DC Nancy Sahai said that during the month of Shravan people would be not allowed to come into the temple. She said that check posts have been built so that vehicles from outside can not come in the city. She said that vehicles from Bihar and West Bengal will not be allowed to enter the city.
She said that big vehicles would be sent from outside the city to their respective districts. The DC said that all the check posts and entry point adequate number of police personnel, magistrates and officers have been deployed.