In Bihar there will be no ‘Kanwar Yatra’ and Shravani mela in the state this year due to Covid pandemic. The devotees will have to offer prayers at home and only priests will be allowed to perform rituals in temples. Bihar State Religious Trust Board Chairman Akhilesh Kumar Jain told AIR the devotees would also not be allowed to fetch holy water from river Ganga at Bhagalpur and Sultanpur to offer Lord Shiva.
Meanwhile, Bihar is witnessing a sharp decline in fresh COVID cases. The state’s recovery rate has risen to 98.58 per cent, while the test positivity rate has declined to below one percent. The number of active cases is also decreasing and presently stands at six hundred thirty three. Over seven lakh 13 thousand people have so far recovered from the infection. No fresh case has been reported from 13 districts including Gaya, Jehanabad and Nalanda.