Durga Puja 2020: How the festival’s spirit is alive with devotees amid pandemic

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Because the festive week of Navratri kicks off, devotees are wanting ahead to celebrating Durga Puja with nice enthusiasm. Nonetheless, the spirit of the auspicious competition has dampened a bit amid the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for individuals staying away from their hometown.

ANI spoke to a number of the people who find themselves used to celebrating the auspicious competition within the conventional method, and as they discuss, they clarify how the coronavirus pandemic has change into a spoilsport of their journey plans, which they’d do yearly, and the way the celebrations are going to vary this yr amid the coronavirus scare.

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Debaditya Saha, who works in Concentrix stated, “I might have visited my hometown, but it surely isn’t secure. My dad and mom are aged and if I journey from Delhi to Kolkata, it isn’t secure both, as we might catch the infection- and travelling isn’t the neatest transfer at the moment.”

Nonetheless, speaking in regards to the new manner of celebrating festivals is being thought of amid the pandemic, i.e. digital celebration.

Saha shared about how this yr he’s going to have fun the competition nearly. He stated, “Often, I used to return to my hometown and collect with my childhood mates as we go for pandal hopping. This yr I will likely be attending the web darshan–and obtain blessings of the goddess.”

Speaking in regards to the celebrations going digital amid the pandemic, Soumi Ghosh, a software program engineer at Tata Consultancy Providers (TCS) stated, that in her dwelling city – Kolkata- Durga Puja is a big competition and it begins from the fifth day of Navratri and ends on Dussehra. Ghosh additionally shared that open pandals have been put in at some locations so, that individuals can drive by and obtain darshan of the idols, and it will keep social distancing.”

As she talked in regards to the digital celebration, the software program engineer stated, “My childhood buddy has pooja at her dwelling, and all of us used to go to her dwelling on Ashtami (eighth day) yearly, however for the reason that pandemic is there – we the childhood faculty mates are planning on doing a video convention name. And to do that my buddy Anjali stated she is going to maintain the telephone near the pandal in order that we are able to all take the blessings of Goddess Durga.”

An inside designer, Jasmita Pattnaik, who stays in Delhi, and hails from Odisha, shared how the celebration of the competition has been modified amid the pandemic.

“Being an Odia lady, Durga Puja is essentially the most awaited competition for me…yearly I have fun it with my household in Odisha. It not only a competition in Odisha, it’s a image of unity, enthusiasm, fraternity and brotherhood, a illustration of wealthy Odia tradition and heritage. Durga puja is the time to cherish, get pleasure from and rejoice.”

On how this yr the pandemic has change into a spoilsport within the competition plans, Pattnaik stated, “Often, all of the relations and family members have fun this competition collectively, however because of this pandemic we’re not in a position to have fun this Dussehra like earlier than. We’ve to observe the protocol, social distancing.

“Earlier, after ending all of the puja procedures and rituals we used to eat collectively, and have fun the day by roaming across the metropolis for pandal hopping, however this time individuals are not allowed for pandals, as a result of the federal government declared the pandals/mandaps need to be coated on three sides. The 4th facet could be coated in a manner to not permit any public view of idols. There could be no darshan by public/devotees. The dimensions of idols in all such poojas could be lower than four toes and no public deal with system can be utilized.”

“The Authorities additionally stated there could be no immersion procession and all beliefs will likely be immersed in synthetic ponds, created by native administration for the aim. That is very painful for us,” stated Pattnaik.

“Earlier, through the puja instances, the streets are flooded with chat stalls, toy stall, numerous puja objects and particular fascinating stuff !! This time round roads are empty.”

Mosumi Chakrobatry, a marketing consultant at a company agency, who belongs to Kolkata shared how the household gathering which used to happen across the competition isn’t there. She stated, “Durga puja is likely one of the festivals, once we get to satisfy your loved ones and mates, nevertheless, this time it’s upside-down- as a result of we can’t go to a pandal, and we have now to go to a close-by temple, or must do the pooja at dwelling. Individuals can’t go to their hometown and we’re feeling somewhat sad- as even in the event you go to any kind of Pandal, there may be all the time an opportunity of catching the virus.”

Priyanka Sarkar, Account supervisor at Saints Artwork, stated that “ This time we’re going to attend digital aarti, and there will likely be no bhog (meals choices)- for which individuals used to collect in traces.”

“One of many traditions, that happens on the final day of Durga Puja is Sindoor Khela, actually (that means vermillion recreation). It is likely one of the traditions the place ladies smear one another with sindoor (purple powder) on Vijayadashami, which is not going to occur this yr. We used to collect with mates normally, and dance round it was once a enjoyable celebration “

This yr, the festivities are dampened a bit, due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, devotees are hopeful that the subsequent yr will likely be celebrated with nice fervour they usually aspire to bid the lethal virus goodbye.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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