Sumary of Some Indian states move to curb crowds at religious festivals.:
- After a giant Hindu pilgrimage contributed to a catastrophic coronavirus surge this spring, some states in India are preparing for a new season of religious festivals by imposing crowd limits, as experts warn of the threat of a third wave of infections.
- Several festivals taking place in September and October typically draw large crowds to temples, processions and markets.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government faced criticism for allowing the Kumbh Mela to take place despite warnings that it would become a super-spreading event.
- Last month, Mr. Modi’s government asked states to take “suitable measures to avoid large gatherings during the coming festive season,” and to impose local restrictions if needed.
- ”States have responded with varying measures in the days before a festival celebrating Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god.
- In the southwestern state of Karnataka, the government said that gatherings should be capped at 20 people, and imposed a 9 p.
- In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, officials announced a ban on large celebrations, and offered payments to idol-making potters whose businesses would be badly affected.
- The western state of Maharashtra, among the worst hit by the spring Covid wave, draws some of the biggest crowds for the festival, known as Ganesh Chaturthi.