Odisha Government prohibits congregation of ‘Bol Bom’ devotees during Shravana month

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Odisha Government prohibits movement & congregation of ‘Bol Bom’ devotees during Shravana month this year for effective control of COVID-19.

In Odia month of Shravan, people carry water from some religious places, walk barefoot for several miles and put water in some Shiv Temples on each Monday of this month and these people generally referred to as, ‘Bol Bom Devotees’ or ‘Kaudia’ start their journey on Saturday/ Sunday/ Monday by collecting water on a shiv linga in some other temples on Monday.

Therefore, on further assessment of the situation and in the interest of the health of general public, the state government order that the religious activities and congregation remain prohibited and the Kaudias/ Bol Bom devotees are not allowed to carry water from religious places or any sources and also not allowed to walk on public roads and pour water in Temples/ lord Shiva Temples during the Odia month of Shravan (July/August), 2021.

While, State Govt is taking all possible steps to combat the threat of COVID19, it’s our duty to support the Govt in this challenging situation.

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