Riding palanquins, images of about 400 local deities will be brought to Har-Ki-Pauri at Haridwar on April 22 along with lakhs of devotees for the last major bathing day of Ardh Kumbh.
Before the practice of a collective divine bath was initiated at Kumbh 2010 in Haridwar, the deities were taken in processions at different places and bathed in rivers. This is for the first time that the religious practice will be followed at an Ardh Kumbh, organizers said.
Devbhomi Lokasanskriti Shobhayatra Samiti president Mohan Singh Gaonwasi told TOI on Monday that the ‘Devadoli snan’ will be the concluding key bathing day of the Ardh Kumbh. On April 21, after Ganga puja at Triveni ghat in Rishikesh, the procession of images of 400 local deities riding palanquins will reach Shyampur and Satyanarain on the way to Haridwar. The procession will conclude at Bairagi camp in the holy city for the night.
The date for the snan was decided in consultation with astrologers who said that April 22 was particularly auspicious, Gaonwasi said.