In view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions imposed by the authorities, this years’ Durga Puja celebrations will be on a low key for thousands of Odia and Bengali residents in Vizag. The East Coast Railway Durga puja committee, popularly known as Waltair Kalibari, has decided to give a break to much fanfare with which it generally celebrates. Speaking to Hello Vizag, Alok Dutta, a committee member said, this year it will be a low key event due to the decision to follow Covid-19 standard operations procedures.
Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj, a socio-cultural organization for Odias residing in Visakhapatnam, has decided to conduct Kalasa Puja (The Kalasha is believed to contain amrita, the elixir of life, and thus regarded as a symbol of abundance, wisdom, and immortality. Water in the water in the pot represents the life-giving ability of Nature. Sometimes, a silver or brass face of the Goddess is attached over the coconut of the Purna-Kalasha.). With no availability of idols, the puja will be observed symbolically in the Jagannath Temple complex, Samaj President J.K.Nayak, and general secretary Bimal Mohanta told to Hello Vizag. With this, Samaj has resolved not to invite anyone and not to perform bhajans and kirtans.
With due restrictions being enforced by the district authorities, gatherings and cultural programs are totally banned to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Safety measures like wearing masks and strictly maintaining social distance are made a must for the devotees.
With restrictions are in place, an outfit called Utsava, formed by some HPLCL employees and the doctors’ will not celebrate puja at Andhra Medical College old students Association (AMCOSA) Auditorium while it will be a token celebration at one town area and Vizag Steel Plant’s Ukkunagaram township.
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