The Mahakumbh to be held in Haridwar in 2021 will be held on schedule. Dispelling the doubts about Kumbh's possible postponement as baseless, Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Avadheshanand Giri of Juna Akhada, has said that this time the period of Kumbh Mela after a gap of 11 years has occurred after a long time, so there is no question of postponement of the Kumbh. The Swami said that after many years the pace of Guru (Jupiter) has increased, due to which the Kumbh Mela is being held 11 years after the previous Kumbh Mela instead of the traditional 12-year gap. He said that the Kumbh Mela 2021 will be held as scheduled and the first Shahi Snan will take place on March 11.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was being speculated by some that the Kumbh in Haridwar would be postponed by one year. It was being stated that this was possible because the last Kumbh Mela in Haridwar was held during 2010 and if it is postponed by a year, it will be held after a gap of 12 years in 2022.
However, Avadheshanand Giri believes that if the conditions do not improve at the time of Kumbh, then there would be a symbolic Kumbh bath, but the Kumbh Mela would not be postponed at any cost.