NEW DELHI

Lakhs throng Kapal Mochan Mela

Nearly five lakh pilgrims from across the country have already thronged the Kapal Mochan Mela in Yamunanagar district of Haryana on its second day and about four lakh were expected to reach the venue by late Wednesday evening.

An official spokesman said elaborate arrangements have been made by the district and mela administrations to facilitate pilgrims and tourists. Deputy Superintendent of Police Bilaspur Ashok Kumar Sabharwal is in charge of security arrangements. Yamunanagar Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi is monitoring the overall arrangements.

38 CCTV cameras

The spokesman said 38 closed-circuit TV cameras have been installed in the mela area which has been divided into five sectors under the supervision of duty magistrates.

Four health centres have also been set up in the mela area to provide medical care to the pilgrims and the Community Health Centre, Bilaspur, has been made a base hospital.

Kapal Mochan is also known as Gopal Mochan. About 17 km north-east of Jagadhari, it is an ancient place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs.

Importance

Its importance is evident from the fact that its name appears at numerous places in Mahabharata and Puranas. According to folklore, it is considered “a destroyer of all sins” and it is believed that the devotees “get rid of their sins by taking a dip in the sacred tank”. Guru Gobind Singh, after the battle of Bhangani in 1679 AD, had stayed and worshipped here for 52 days.

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