On Wednesday 8th August, Kanwar pilgrims wearing saffron robes smashed a car in Moti Nagar, New Delhi. A video was made and shared online when thousands of Kanwarians were smashing the car ruthlessly. They broke down the windows of the car with the hockey sticks while the people on the road and the policemen were watching them. According to the source, the car brushed the Kanwarians on Moti Nagar road which led to this attack.
The passengers inside the car ran from that place for their safety.
One of the senior officers said, “The two passengers, a man and a woman, ran from there sustaining themselves from injuries. Also, he added, that they did not file any complaint against the kanwarians”.
#WATCH: A group of 'kanwariyas' vandalise a car in Delhi's Moti Nagar after it brushed past them while driving. The people in the car got off safely. No injuries were reported. Police says no formal complaint has been filed by the victims (07.08.2018) pic.twitter.com/rKc6VJMZnh
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However, police said that they would research on the case and file the complaint. Kanwarians are Shiva devotees and Kanwar yatra is an annual pilgrimage given to Lord Shiva. In this, the devotees walk from their homes to Gomukh, Haridwar, or Gangotri in Uttarakhand to get a vessel filled with Ganga water. According to the Hindu calendar, the fourth month of Shravan, i.e; (July 23 to Aug 22), this yatra takes place. The Ganga water is given as an offering to Shiva shrines in their local temples on the day of ‘Shivaratri’ or Amavasya.
For the devotees, there are various rest stops and food camps on the roadside, which leads to traffic as there is only a small part of the road left for buses, trucks, and cars. This is the reason for jam-packed roads. Despite the traffic, the devotees balance their water-filled vessel on their shoulders covering the major part of the road.
The devotees are found from majorly all the parts of India covering Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan. The route from Delhi-Haridwar is also diverted during these days. High-security measures are taken every year by the police and government.