HARIDWAR, INDIA, January 7, 2021 (NDTV): The Kumbha Mela in Haridwar is set to begin on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti on January 14. Thousands of Hindu devotees and seers are eagerly looking forward to the Kumbh Mela, historically known to be one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. The Nainital High Court on Wednesday, while hearing a petition, has directed the Uttarakhand government to present the standard operating procedures by January 11 for the Kumbha Mela. The petitioners want the government to help the poor people at the quarantine centers and Covid-19 hospitals, and provide better health facilities. He said a test for the virus will be a must for everyone before taking a dip in Ganga.