Bhubaneswar: Like last year, Durga Puja will be celebrated in Bhubaneswar, the Odisha Capital without participation of devotees. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today stated the Puja shall be conducted in indoor like condition only for observance of rituals.
The civic body also stated in an order there will be no public participation in the puja and it must be held without pomp and grandeur.
The mandaps and pandals shall have to be covered on three sides and one side to be opened only for the purpose for use by the priest for rituals. The fourth side should also be covered properly so as not to allow any public view or darshan of the idols by devotees, the order stated.
The BMC further said the idol size should be less than four feet.
There will no immersion procession by the organizers. The idols will be immersed in artificial ponds to be created by the BMC. During the immersion maximum 10 persons should be involved. This apart, the puja committee should ensure all those involved during immersion should be fully vaccinated and adhere to Covid appropriate behavior, the order mentioned.
Congregation for celebration of Durga Puja shall not be allowed in public within the BMC jurisdiction. Besides, the puja committees and orgnanisers can conduct Durga Puja in mandaps and pandals by adopting Covid-19 protocols after obtaining permission from the officer authorized by the Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar.
However, the civic municipal corporation permitted presence of maximum seven persons at any point of time at the mandaps and pandals.
The order asked the puja committees to ensure no religious procession and musical or entertainment programme will be held during the puja period.
Public address system shall not be used during puja or any other time during these puja days.
Durga Puja will be observed from October 11 to 15, 2021.