Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned congregation of large number of people near water bodies under its jurisdiction on occasion of ‘Kartika Purnima’. Last year also the city municipal corporation had prohibited congregation at water bodies in Bhubaneswar due to the pandemic.
In an order, the city municipal corporation stated congregation of people at Bindusagar Lake, river ghat and other water bodies of BMC during Kartika ‘Purnima’ has been prohibited. Devotees cannot also visit temples during the function, the order added.
Congregation of ‘Kartika Brata Habishayalis’ in temples during the month of Kartika is prohibited as well.
During the puja period any religious procession of any kind or musical or entertainment programme by either public, group, club or puja committee has also been banned.
The puja committees were asked to inform their members to keep permission and individual Covid vaccination certificate handy so that they can produce the same during inspection by enforcement agencies, the order added.
No immersion procession will be allowed. If required the idols will be immersed in artificial ponds created by the BMC.
During the immersion maximum 10 people should be involved. The Puja Committee will have to ensure that those involved during immersion should be fully vaccinated and adhere to Covid appropriate behavior while conducting immersion rituals.
While issuing the order for puja celebrations like Laxmi Puja, Kali Puja, Kartika Brata and Kartika Purnima, the city municipal corporation stated the puja shall be conducted in indoor like condition without any public participation.
The pandals and mandaps shall have to be covered on three sides and one side must be opened only for the purpose of use by priest for rituals. The idol size shall be less than four feet.
At any point of time there shall be not more than seven persons allowed at the pandals and mandaps. The organizers will have to ensure that only those who have been fully vaccinated are allowed to the pandals and mandaps.