Setting up of Vrindavan's Kumbh Baithak

Inauguration of Police Line in Vrindavan Kumbh. Source- Patrika

Kumbh Baithak, a 40 day long fair is scheduled to begin on Sunday in Vrindavan. The fair is being organized as a precursor to the holy communion i.e. the Kumbh Mela held in Haridwar. Uttar Pradesh Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad is all set to start this 'baithak'.

Shailajakant Mishra, the Vice President of UP Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad said to news agency PTI, "Though the first auspicious bathing day falls on 16th of February, the fair is likely to be inaugurated by the honorable CM of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath on February 14".

The State Government orchestrated the whole event of Kumbh Baithak. This event at Vrindavan is likely to see a massive congregation of Sadhus and Akharas. Glorious arrangements have been made in place to make this 40-day event a grand success.

The Central Government issued SOPs earlier when the Kumbh Mela started in January. Devotees who want to attend this holy communion must register themselves with the Uttarakhand Government. Every attendee must produce a COVID-19 negative certificate from the Hospital, Health Center, or Medical College of the state of Uttarakhand.

The Mela is likely to be attended by more than 1 million people. Hence, the state government issued a guideline that health workers who have been vaccinated should be deployed as a measure to contain the spread of the virus.

Several arrangements have been made to streamline the operation of the Kumbh Baithak. The Power Department has set up a temporary sub-station to ensure power supply in the fair. Officials also stated that arrangements to make the Ganga Water drinkable is also being done.

A permanent area for exhibiting the heritage and culture of the state has been put up. The exhibition of Braj Heritage has been set up at the Kumbh Baithak.

Rajendra Das, Mahant of Akhil Bharatiya Nirmohi Akhara said, "The massive arrangements made here reflect the religious sentiments of CM Yogi Adityanath, who appears to be committed to reviving the glory of the ancient past and culture."

Nagendra Pratap, Mela Adhikari, and CEO of the organization stated that they are also trying to ensure the continuous flow of the Ganga River into the Yamuna.

Other arrangements like setting up a camp for journalists, day to day cultural programs, temporary area for police, bathing area at renovated ghats have also been taken care of by the government and Mela organization.

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