Guwahati: Being amongst the most iconic festivals in the world, Durga Puja celebrations has begun on Thursday. But this year the pomp and glory remains a miss as an exigent cloud of dangerous virus loomed over the world which has engulfed even in Guwahati city.
However, times of the pandemic has confined the pomp and grandeur along with the gigantic and glossy pandals, glorifying themes, exuberant decorations and beeline of the decked up crowds, mithai stalls and cultural festivities missing in this festive season.
The Assam government guidelines to allow only for the rituals to perform with restrictions have subdued the spirits of the puja committees who have diluted their preparations this year.
With Maha Shasthi, Durga Puja begins with full pomp and grandeur and is followed by four days full of mirth and splendour. This is the day when the idol of the Goddess Durga is brought and placed at the altar.
The Durga Puja committees in Guwahati are strictly adhering to the COVID protocols as directed by the government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The committees have kept puja celebrations very minimal doing the necessary rituals. Looking at the guidelines from the state government, devotees would only be allowed to make their prayers but other programs have been suspended this year.
To ensure safety of the citizens, Assam Police took Twitter to aware the people this Durga Puja. They wrote: “In view of ongoing #COVID19 Pandemic, we request citizens to strictly follow Durga Puja Safety protocols and ensure your own & everyone else’s safety”
Today, devotees unveil the face of Durga which has been covered for many days. After unveiling, the day is celebrated with Bodhan, worship. The four major rituals of Kalparamba, Bodhan, Amantran and Adhibas begin on this day.
Wishing the people on the festival, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “I urge the people Assam to follow the COVID protocols and enjoy a safe puja as we always want to see a healthy society in the state.”
“The numbers of COVID active cases have fallen in past few days and it is because of the people of Assam who followed the guidelines directed by the health department”, the minister further added.