Today, marked the second Monday of the holy month of Sawan. Despite being alerted by the authorities continuously, hundreds of devotees thronged the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi and took a holy dip in the Ganga. Only a handful of devotees were seen wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Sawan or Shravana is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar and is considered to be the most auspicious month. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe.

During Sawan, the devotees observe a special fast and visit temples of Lord Shiva on Mondays during this period. This year, Sawan started on July 25 and will end on August 22. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the officials have advised the devotees to observe the festival at home.

While talking to the media, one of the devotees, Ravinder Kumar claimed that he is not afraid of anything when he is in the holy place. “Lord Shiva will take care of everything,” Kumar added. Meanwhile, a priest at the temple, Prahlad Panday echoed the remarks of the devotees and said COVID-19 does not stand a chance in front of Baba Bholenath, another name for Lord Shiva.

On Sunday, UP recorded 36 new cases, of which three were from Varanasi. No deaths due to the viral disease were reported on Sunday across the state.

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