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- Millions of Kanwariyas, devotees of Shiva, started their Kanwar yatra on 4th
- The journey is also known as kriyas and will continue toll July 15.
- This is an annual Hindu pilgrimage which is undertaken in the Hindu month of Sawan, generally falls in July-August.
- A symbol of faith, Kanwar yatra shows the devotion of the devotees to lord Shiva.
- It also symbolizes a strong bond between a devotee and Lord Shiva.
- As per Hindu mythological texts during war between gods and devils, sometimes referred to as Samudra Manthan, Lord shiva consumed poison to save the world.
- Water from the river Ganga was poured on Shiva to pacify the effects of poison.
- This journey to offer water is believed to be originated from this story.
- However some believes that the journey or ritual to offer Ganga water to lord Shiva started when Lord Rama offered Ganga water to the shivalinga, statue of Shiva.
- Some associate this pilgrimage to the legend of Shrawan kumar, who carried his parents for pilgrimage in baskets hanging around a bamboo sling.
Process and activities during Kanwar Yatra
- Lakhs of devotees from various parts of India wear saffron attire.
- They travel to Gomukh, Haridwar and Gangotri, on foot, to collect holy water of river ganga.
- This water is carried in two earthern pot which are Hung on a decorated bamboo stick, which is known as Kanwar.
- The bamboo stick along with earthen pot is balanced on the soldiers of devotees, Kanwarias.
- They believe that dust can impure the water hence they keep the earthen pot hung all the time and do not put them on ground.
- Various Kanwar camps to ease the travel of devotees are set up across the travel routes where they can hang their Kanwars, take rest, get free meals and medical assistance.
- Finally this water is brought to their native place and offered to Lord Shiva.
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Consider the following statements about Kanwar Yatra:
1. It is a pilgrimage dedicated to lord Rama.
2. It starts in the month of Hindu month Sawan, which generally falls in July and August.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2