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Odisha Bans ‘Bol Bom Yatra’ Of Shiva Devotees For Second Year In Row Amid Covid


This is for the second 12 months when the Odisha authorities prohibited the “Bol Bom Jatra”. (File)

Bhubaneswar:

In view of the prevailing COVID-19 scenario in Odisha, the state authorities Tuesday introduced a ban on the spiritual actions and congregations of “Kaudias” or “Bol Bom” devotees.

The “Bol Bom” devotees are usually not allowed to gather water from rivers, ponds, and different water our bodies and stroll on any public street to supply it to the deity at any Shiva temple in the course of the Odia month of Shravan (July/August), 2021, an order issued by the Chief Secretary stated.

The resolution was taken after an evaluation of the COVID-19 scenario, the order stated.

This is for the second 12 months when the state authorities prohibited the “Bol Bom Jatra” with the potential of a 3rd wave of COVID-19 looming giant this time.

During the annual pilgrimage, the “Kaudias” stroll barefoot in teams chanting “Bol Bom” to consecrate the holy water.

The devotees begin their barefoot journey to the Shiva temples on Saturday and Sunday to supply the holy water at Shiva shrines each Monday within the month of “Shravan”.

The authorities has already prohibited spiritual capabilities and different gatherings until July 16, 2021. All spiritual locations are additionally closed for most of the people.

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