The Odisha authorities on Friday dominated out any leisure within the tips issued for the conduct of Puja in mandaps/ pandals in the course of the festive season. In a video deal with to the individuals of the State, Particular Aid Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena mentioned that the peak of the Durga idol ought to stay lower than 4 toes as per the August 9 tips issued by the State authorities.
Jena mentioned the pageant season has begun with the Ganesh Chaturthi and, in view of the identical, the State authorities had earlier launched an advisory on the conduct of Pujas and different festivals (on August 9). “The rules are within the curiosity of individuals and all of us have to sacrifice,” he mentioned.
Jena’s deal with got here within the backdrop of calls for made by the Opposition events in Odisha, BJP specifically, to offer relaxations within the pandemic restrictions in the course of the Durga Puja festivities, together with waver of cap on the peak of idols.
The BJP has referred to as for a bandh in Cuttack on September 13 over the calls for whereas comparable refrain have grown for a bandh in Bhubaneswar, the place Durga Puja is broadly celebrated in public, on that day.
It’s pertinenet to say right here that as per the August 9 tips, Pujas shall be carried out in indoor-like circumstances just for observance of rituals with out public participation, pomp and grandeur. In addition to, Puja pandals/mandaps shall be lined on three sides and the 4th facet shall even be lined in a manner to not enable any public view of the idols. There shall be no darshan by public/devotee and the scale of the idol ought to be lower than 4 toes.
“We now have been preventing the COVID-19 pandmeic for the final 18 months and the goverment is taking all measures to avoid wasting lives. We now have been profitable largely because of the authorities’s energetic measures and other people’s assist,” mentioned Jena.
Up to now, two waves of Covid-19 have been witnessed since March 2020. In the course of the 2nd wave, the State needed to strike a steadiness between life and livelihood whereas asserting lockdown and partial unlock, he mentioned. “A number of sectors are but to be opened on account of which some are nonetheless getting affected, however the choices are being taken within the largest curiosity of individuals,” he mentioned.
The second wave of Covid-19, nonetheless, would not appear to have been over but because the circumstances proceed to stay between 30,000-40,000 in India. “In Odisha, the circumstances are principally between 650 and 1200 within the final 10-15 days. A brand new variant of Covid has as soon as once more raised worry amongst nations,” mentioned Jena.
Jena mentioned that Odisha must study from what occurred in Kerala the place pageant Onam led to unfold of COVID-19 and the identical had occurred after Kumbh Mela. Nevertheless, Rath Yatra was celebrated with out devotees, setting an instance.
On the eve of Nuakhai, Jena additionally greeted individuals of the State, particularly Western Odisha, and mentioned that individuals ought to rejoice the pageant whereas strictly adhering to the COVID-19 norms and should keep away from gatherings.