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Odisha ban on gatherings extended till July 16, no Kanvar yatras

A file photo of Kanwar Yatra. Representational photo: Facebook

Bhubaneswar, July 13 (MNN) The Odisha government on Tuesday ordered that the ban on social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, and religious functions and other gatherings shall continue and all religious places remain closed to general public till July 16.

An order to this effect was issued by the state government on June 30.

The government said that people would also not be allowed to carry water from some religious places, walk barefoot for several miles and put water in Shiva temples on each Monday of the Odia month of ‘Shravan’.

These people generally referred to as ‘Bol Bom devotees’ or ‘Kawadias’ start their journey on Saturday, Sunday, Monday by collecting water from one religious place and walk till Monday morning and pour the collected water on a Shivalinga in some other temples on Monday.

Such religious activities and congregations remain prohibited and ‘Kawadias and Bol Bom’ devotees are not allowed to carry water from religious places or any other sources and also not allowed to walk on public roads and pour water in temples during July and August 2021, the state Chief Secretary said in his order.

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