Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner but people are quite pessimistic over the celebrations amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In the past, Vizag witnessed rise over 500 Ganesh pandals and celebrated the festival with much fervor and vigor by taking permission with the police authorities. But this time, no permission will be given for Ganesh Navaratri Utsavams at public places in the state as per the directions of Director-General of Police (DIG) D. Gautam Sawang due to prevailing pandemic situation. Stringent action will be taken on organizations, groups, or individuals flouting the order.
According to district police administration:
Do’s and Dont’s
1. Only clay idol should be worshiped
2. Height should not be more than 6 feet.
3. No fruits should be placed before Idol
4. No Panchamrut or Charanamrit should be given to devotees.
5. Social distancing should be maintained at the sanctum sanatorium.
6. No social and cultural programs will be allowed on these days.
7. Celebrations can be performed for 5 days only.
8. Lastly, no idol immersion will be allowed in public places.
So, this year, apart from eco-friendly celebrations, Lord Ganesh is also making his way to the doorsteps of Vizagites. Most of the families are choosing for easily soluble clay idols that can be immersed at home, to avoid stepping out in the Covid-19 pandemic. Accordingly, city-based Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) came up with a new idea to promote eco-friendly by making puja kits along with idol for the festival. The kit contains around 20 items for the puja comprising of cotton wicks, sandalwood powder, puja leaves, jaggery, betel leaves, and coconut. All the items are directly procured from the farmers by BCT. Interested people can place orders till August 19 through a call or WhatsApp at 9849734615 for home delivery of kit on the 21st of August.
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