Low-key Durga Puja in Assam: Few pandal theme
Guwahati: In Assam, Durga Puja celebrations began without the usual bustle. People flocked to the city’s Puja pandals on Mahasaptami, despite health fears, claiming it was a nice reprieve after being under stringent restrictions for the previous 18 months.
In the midst of COVID-19 regulations, the Durga Puja festival began on October 11 with considerable zeal.
Every year, the city holds more than 400 Pujas. However, the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak can be seen everywhere, since the lustre of the Puja pandals has missing.
The large Durga Puja idols are awol this year in the state since the government’s Covid guidelines limit idol height to 5 feet.
The Latasil Sarbajanin Durga Puja Samiti, a Guwahati-based club that hosts one of the city’s most prominent Durga Puja events, said it didn’t have enough money to put together a theme-based pandal.
One of the most popular Pujas in the city, Maligaon Kalibari Durga Puja, with a budget of roughly Rs 4 lakh. Before to the epidemic, the budget was around Rs 15-16 lakh,as per sources.
Meanwhile, Bishnupur Durga Puja Pandal in Guwahati was designed on the theme of COVID vaccine which was created to encourage people to take precautions against coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Assam’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has urged people to behave responsibly and avoid speeding when driving or riding two-wheelers.
Clothing and food prices, including sweets, have risen dramatically, putting a strain on the ordinary person’s wallet. Furthermore, the ever-increasing prices of petrol and diesel have just added to the problems. On Sunday, the price of petrol in the city passed the century mark.
Many organisers stated that they would be unable to create theme-based pandals because shops, which generate cash, are prohibited due to the epidemic.