Published on: July 15, 2021



What :

  • Pilgrimage organised in the Hindu calendar month of Shravana (Saavan)
  • Saffron-clad Shiva devotees generally walk barefoot with pitchers of holy water from the Ganga or other holy rivers.
  • Devotees carry the pitchers of holy water on their shoulders, balanced on decorated slings known as Kanwars.
  • The water is used by the pilgrims to worship Shiva lingas at shrines of importance
  • States where yatra is taken : Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Bihar

Issues :

  • There are groups called as kanwariyas
  • In Uttar Pradesh clash between these groups is common
  • Disruptive behaviour, substance abuse, and hooliganism by anti-social elements in religious garbs are usually common in name of religion

What is in news : Supreme court has asked UP government about allowing kanwar yatra despite COVID