A Journey Of Devotion: Avoid These Mistakes During Kanwar Yatra

The sacred month of Shravan will begin on July 22. This is also the time when Kanwar Yatra begins. However, there are certain precautions that one needs to take during Kanwar Yatra.
Kanwar Ytara

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The holy month of Shravan (Saawan) is considered one of the most sacred months for Hindus. Known for its religious significance and observances, this month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered auspicious to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.
This year, Shravan begins on July 22. It is also the month when the annual Kanwar Yatra takes place, during which Hindu pilgrims carry Ganga Jal (water from the Ganges river) to shrines of Lord Shiva. A Kanwar is a pole made of bamboo to which pitchers are tied on both sides. The Kanwars are filled with Ganga Jal and carried on foot by Kanwariyas. They fetch Ganga Jal from places such as Haridwar, Gaumukh, and Gangotri in Uttarakhand.
People listen to and chant bhajans of Lord Shiva during the Kanwar Yatra. It is believed that all desires are fulfilled if one undertakes the Kanwar Yatra. This year, the Kanwar Yatra will begin on July 22 and end on August 3.
However, there are certain mistakes one should avoid during the Kanwar Yatra. Here are some of them:
  • During the journey, the Kanwar should not be placed on the ground. If there is a need to take a break, ensure that the Kanwar is placed at a higher spot and not touching the ground.
  • One must take a bath before touching the Kanwar.
  • Do not consume alcohol, meat, or tamasic food during the Kanwar Yatra. This is a pure and sacred journey.
  • Rid your mind of all ill and negative thoughts.
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