As Coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh, and the rest of the nation continue to raise the much-awaited and auspicious ‘Ram Barat’, which was earlier scheduled for Saturday in Ayodhya, has been canceled. With the current covid case count in Uttar Pradesh standing at around 538K total cases, 504K recovered cases, and 7,697 deaths the situation looks grim in the state. The final decision to cancel this annual event was taken by Dharam Yatra Mahasangh and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) amid the surge of Covid-19 cases across the state.
The “Ram Barat” as the name suggests means a depiction or recreation of the marriage procession (barat) of Lord Ram in consultation with Sadhus. The Ram Barat takes place in many cities and is followed by procession and festivities. A Vishva Hindu Parishad spokesperson Sharad Sharma said that the organization decided to cancel the ‘Barat’ this year in wake of the pandemic. The organization also urged people to stay indoors and observe the celebration at their homes and temples by lightening earthen lamps, blowing a conch shell, chanting holy mantras, and hoisting a flag. In Ayodhya once every five years the Ram Barat used to start from Karsevakpuram and go on till Janakpur from various temples. This year too it was supposed to be held with great festivities but due to the Covid-19 surge, and subsequent cap on gathering etc, it stands canceled.
The trustee of Shree Janki Mahal Mandir, Aditya Sultaniya further added that a small procession keeping all the Covid-19 guidelines in mind would be organized in Ayodhya. Those devotees who came from outside to see the ‘Ram Barat’ will be looked after. The ‘Ram Barat’ will also be live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter for those devotees who could not attend or partake in the celebration.
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