Devotees of God Shiva Shankar(Bhole Nath) are celebrating Shiva festival in North India with very curiosity. The Shiv Yatra begins in July the Hindi month of Shravan every year. This year, Kanwar Mela and Yatra begins on July 20. In the Hindi Month of Shravan a large of numbers devotees of Lord Shiva, from Indian states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh make a Yatra to Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to collect ‘Ganga Jal’ for anointing the Shivling at their respective villages and homes. Baba Baijnath Dham which situated in Deogarh is also famous for Kanwar Yatra. Many of devotees of Lord Shiva take Ganga Jal from Sultanganj and pour it on the statue of Shivling at Devghar
The holy water they collect from River Ganga is used to bathe Shivalingam on Amavasi day in Shravan month or on the Mas Shivratri day. Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and most people observe a fast on Mondays in Shravan month.
Some devotees create a Mela atmosphere by traveling on trucks and carts with loudspeakers playing different types of music. Then there are the relay marthon runners called ‘dak kanwarias.’ In it each yatri runs a certain distance and is then taken over by another yatri.
Numerous Hindu spiritual organizations and other voluntary organizations setup camps along the National Highwayduring the Kanwar Yatra. The Kanwarias are proved food, shelter and safe place to keep the Ganga water.