Updated: October 11, 2021 4:17:02 pm
Entry in batches, members-only entry, pre-booking of slots, pre-packed bhog and live telecast of aartis on social media platforms – these are some of the measures organisers of pandals are taking to ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour is followed as the city gears up for Durga Puja or Pujo celebrations from Monday to October 15.
Anup Dutta, general secretary of the Pune Kalibari, has urged that people who are vulnerable or not vaccinated to avoid coming to the temple. “At a time, 25 to 30 people will take the darshan, collect the bhog and disperse, to make space for the next batch,” he told The Indian Express.
Sandeep Bhattacharjee, vice president of Aagomoni Prabasi Sangha, said, “The pujo will be held at Dhankude Lawns, Baner. No procession will take place on the day of visarjan.”
Since dhakis (drum players) could not be invited from Kolkata this year, the pujo pandal at Wadgaonsheri will have their statues put up on either side of the idol. Amarnath Mukherjee, general secretary of the pandal, said, “It is our effort to bring in the festivities amid the protocols and precautions.”
Agradoot Bangosamaj’s president Bablu Maity said they are only allowing members and their guests with full inoculation through prior booking.
Atul Chandra Saha, general secretary at Bangiya Samsad Nagar, Viman Nagar, too, said the venue is restricted only for members. The pandal will have packed bhog that visitors can collect and take home.
Shouvik Dey, general secretary of the pandal at Wakad, by Bengali Welfare Committee of Pune, said, “We have tied up with Dunzo for doorstep delivery of the bhog to avert people being present at the venue for a long time.”
Tapas Pal, an artisan who had been sculpting idols for the last 38 years, said the demand this year has been better than 2020. “Last year, only four committees had asked us to send the idols from Kolkata, but this time we had orders from 40 pandals,” he added.
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