Kavar Mela is observed in the Shravan Month (July – August) in
Uttarakhand State in . The Kavar Mela 2016 at Haridwar is from July 20. Shiva devotees carry holy water from the Gangotri glacier and take it to the Shiva temple in Garh Mukteshwar or Neelkanth. Devout Hindus who carry the holy Ganga Water to the India is known as Kavar. Shiva Temple
In 2016, Shravan month in North India begins on July 20 and ends on August 18.
Some Kavars also carry the holy water from the
to Shiva temple in their respective village. They are popularly known as Kanwaris and they travel from their homes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and other places in Ganges River North India to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gaumukh and to the origin of River Ganga in Uttarakhand.
The water is carried in pot or bottle and is tied on the two ends of a bamboo pole and is never kept on the ground.
It must be noted that thousands of people travel in the Shravan month to collect Ganga Water and this results in unruly scenes on the road. Kanwaris are known to get into fight with local people and motorists.
The pilgrims travel on foot and in vehicles. They are known to play loud music and chant Bol Bom.
Women and foreigners should avoid getting into the crowd of Kanwaris.
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