New Delhi: In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday announced that this year Durga Puja will be celebrated in a low-key manner across the state. The UP CM has said that due to the Covid-19 crisis, there will be restrictions on the celebrations this year.Also Read - Omicron: UP Govt Orders Closure of Schools, Colleges Till January 23 Amid Covid Situation
No celebrations will be allowed road side across the state. Besides, people have been asked to maintain social distancing and establish idol of goddess Durga in their homes. Durga Puja is scheduled to be celebrated in October. Also Read - UP Assembly Polls 2022: Who Is Archana Gautam, Congress Candidate From Hastinapur Whose Pictures Are Going Viral?
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In Lucknow, the puja samitis are awaiting guidelines from the government. However, most of them have decided to hold just a symbolic celebration in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will only have a small idol made. Large public gatherings will be restricted. For everyday puja, not more than 10 people will be allowed at a time. Apart from that there will be no public distribution of the bhog”, Arun Kumar Bannerjee, president of Bengali Club and Young Men’s Association told Times of India. Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh government had said Durga Puja celebrations will be allowed in the state but with an attendance cap of 100 persons in pandals.Minister for Medical Education Vishvas Sarang said that religious functions can be organised from September 21 in the presence of a maximum of 100 persons.
“Durga Puja functions will be allowed. The Prajapati community (idol makers) should decide about the height of the idols in consultation with the district administration. But the gathering in such functions (pandals) should not be more than 100 people,” Sarang added.