New Delhi: In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the kanwar yatra this year has been cancelled. The development comes after the chief ministers of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana discussed the matter via video-conference on Saturday. All of them agreed that the annual kanwar yatra, which sees a huge congregation of Shiva devotees in Haridwar, should be cancelled this year. Also Read - Haridwar Border Sealed in View of Ban on 'Kanwar Yatra' Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Uttarakhand chief minister said he had also spoken to Home Minister Amit Shah, who advised him to take a decision after thinking over it. Trivendra Singh Rawat will soon speak to the chief ministers of Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan over the issue. Also Read - After Amarnath, Uncertainty Looms Over Kanwar Yatra 2020

Earlier in April, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) had announced cancellation of the Amarnath Yatra due to coronavirus pandemic.

About Kanwar Yatra: 

Notably, scores of lord Shiva devotees from across India undertake the pilgrimage called Kanwar yatra, on foot during  Shravan- a month in the Hindu calendar every year. Wearing orange-coloured clothes with decorated pot on their shoulders, the pilgrims visit Haridwar, Gaumukh adn Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch water of river Ganga.