Durga Puja 2020: Delhi’s quiet Durga Puja celebration this year

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Durga Puja 2020: No large gathering no artisans in pandals

New Delhi: Durga Puja affected due to Covid-19 no teeming crowds, no large pandals, no artisans adding their finishing touches to idols and no food stalls. The run-up to Durga Puja festivities in Delhi this year bears no resemblance to the previous celebrations.

Kali Bari Mayur Vihar Samiti have decided not to allow entry of people and limited physical darshan to their members only.

No Durga Puja pandals will be allowed to set up in Delhi’s CR Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the puja in the main temple will be held with the entry of around 50 people, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said on Monday.

The Greater Kailash legislator said the decision was taken in view of a huge number of senior citizen population in the area.

However, Bharadwaj said the residents will do the traditional kalash pooja.

The decision was taken at a meeting of around 12 Durga puja committees of Chittaranjan Park, GK2, GK1 and Alaknanda. Bharadwaj, the area SDM, officials from police and other civic agencies attended the meeting.

“Most of the population of CR Park and members of puja committees are senior citizens and it is important that they remain indoors and avoid contact with unknown people in pandals,” the MLA said.

“Only for religious reasons, a small kalash puja/ghat puja will be attended by 10-15 committee members. This will ensure continuity of puja by those Samitis,” according to a statement issued by Bharadwaj.

He also requested the district administration and local police to help puja committees in stopping any outsiders entering these areas.

Chittranjan Park Kali Mandir Society’s joint secretary Prodip Ganguly said the puja, which used to be held in housing societies and streets every year, will not be held this time.

In view of COVID-19, several Durga committees have found unique measures, including online darshan, home delivery of prasad and COVID-19 test for priests and cooks.

Some organisers said they will rope in two priests to avoid any last-minute scrambling if the main priest gets infected with COVID-19, while others plan to maintain a record of visitors for easy contact-tracing.

Most Durga Puja committees in Delhi have decided not to allow entry of people and limit physical darshan to their members only.

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