- Title: Indiaâ€™s holy Ayodhya town readies for monsoon festival amid coronavirus
- Date: 4th July 2020
- Summary: AYODHYA, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (JULY 3, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) LARGELY DESERTED STREET OUTSIDE TEMPLE STATUE OF HINDU MONKEY GOD, HANUMAN VARIOUS OF MEN OUTSIDE TEMPLE DESERTED TEMPLE IDOLS INSIDE TEMPLE (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PRIEST, PREM MURTIKRISHN KANT DAS, SAYING: "The type of situation that has been arisen due to the global epidemic (pandemic) it is very scary, very painful and problematic. In the past years continuously there used to be an environment of happiness and visitors, devotees from everywhere used to come on 'Sawan Jhula'(monsoon festival) so there was a devotion in people that is still there today but seeing this situation (of coronavirus) humans are scared." WOMAN WALKING TEA SELLER SITTING UTENSILS (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) TEA SELLER, BADHAI LAL GUPTA, SAYING: "The situation earlier as compared to today is veryâ€¦ Ayodhya was filled with people and there used to be happiness and excitement, there used to be hustle and bustle of 'Sawan Jhula' everywhere." STATUE OF HINDU GOD SHIVA STATUES MAN ADJUSTING DOOR OF TEMPLE
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- Keywords: Ayodhya India coronavirus fair health pandemic religion temples
- Location: AYODHYA, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- City: AYODHYA, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues
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- Story Text: The coronavirus pandemic has taken off the lustre of India's northern Ayodhya town that is gearing up to celebrate the monsoon festival.
With the 'Sawan Jhula' festival being around the corner, the usually crowded temples and streets lay deserted on Friday (July 3) in the absence of devotees and tourists who stayed at their homes as the number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh state reached 25,797.
Also known as 'Shravan', the month of 'Sawan' is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar.
This month is associated with swing, popularly known as 'jhula', which has a special place in Indian celebrations. Deities are portrayed sitting on decorated swings during rituals.
However, with the virus tightening its grip on the country this year, people have been advised to stay at homes and celebrate indoors to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
With 648,315 cases and 18,655 deaths, India is one of the worst affected countries in the world.
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