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The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday appealed to the people of the state that all religious activities should be postponed till 2 April because of the threat of Coronavirus in the country and the state.

While the decision of the Uttar Pradesh government was taken after a review meeting was held by chief minister Yogi Aditynath in Lucknow, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has also appealed to people to curtail the celebrations in Ayodhya which was scheduled to take place in from 25 March to 8 April.

"People can play a very vital role to counter the threat of Coronavirus in the country. We want to appeal to all religious leaders to spread awareness about the threat of Coronavirus. It has been decided to postpone all religious and cultural activities in the state till 2 April," Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said in a statement.

The immediate impact of the decision of the state government is the 15 day long celebration in Ayodhya. VHP leaders had planned to hold celebrations in Ayodhya after the Supreme Court's verdict over the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in which the apex court has allowed construction of a temple. The 15 day celebrations are important because it coincides with Hindu festivals of Navratri, Hanuman Jayanti and Ram Navami.

"We have appealed to the people to curtail the celebrations because of the threat of Coronavirus. We are appealing to the people to celebrate indoors, or at a local temple after getting clearances from district authorities and health authorities. The appeal is because of the growing health concerns in the country over the spread of Coronavirus," said Vinod Bansal, spokesperson of VHP.

Bansal added that the step was deliberately taken to avoid the spread of Coronavirus in the country and also in Uttar Pradesh. The VHP leader also said that there would be no large procession will be organised in Ayodhya.

"The problem is that these 15 days are very important in the Hindu calendar and it is very auspicious time for Hindus. Every year people gather in Ayodhya during this time to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti and Ram Navami, it is not organised by any specific group. This year we are appealing to the people to celebrate in their homes or in a nearby temple in small groups," Bansal added.

Meanwhile, religious leaders have cancelled the upcoming Ram Kot Parikrama here in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. Religious leaders met the district administration on Friday to discuss the cancellation of the ceremony.

This is the first time when Uttar Pradesh has taken steps to curtail religious activities and processions. The move can be attributed to the address to the nation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in which he asked people to avoid large groups and to stay indoors to avoid unnecessary travel

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