The ritual, called Kumbh Mela, was attended by thousands of devotees Hindu the majority do not wear masks.
In the latest published figures AFP, more than 1,000 cases corona virus appeared in Haridwar city in just 48 hours. The city is on the banks of the Ganges.
Although the case corona in India itself was soaring, ritual participants flocked to this sacred celebration.
News agency AFP reported, on Monday and Tuesday (12-13 / 4/2021) large crowds crowded the riverbanks to swim, as part of the mass bathing ritual.
“Our belief is the biggest thing for us. Because of that strong belief, many people come here to soak in the Ganges,” said Siddharth Chakrapani, one of the Kumbh Mela committee members. AFP.
“They believe that Maa (mother) Ganga will save them from this pandemic.”
Of the roughly 50,000 samples taken from people in Haridwar, 408 tested positive on Monday (12/4/2021) and 594 on Tuesday (13/4/2021), the Uttarakhand state government said.
The latest figures were announced when the head minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh next to Uttarakhand, Yogi Adityanath, tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday (14/4/2021).
Case Covid-19 in India now the second largest in the world, surpassing Brazil, which previously occupied that position.
In the last 24 hours corona virus in India it registered 184,000 cases, the biggest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic.
The total coronavirus cases in India are now nearly 13.9 million. The daily death toll surpassed 1,000 on Wednesday, the first time since October 2020.