Community DURGA Puja celebrations in Delhi and NCR (National Capital Region) have been prohibited this year as part of the COVID-19 lockdown. Durga Puja is allowed in temples. Social gathering, pandals and mandaps will not be allowed this year, says Mrinal Biswas, General Secretary, Milani Puja Committee of East Delhi, citing the guidelines. As per the lockdown protocols, all religious congregations remain prohibited. However, officials say people will be allowed to visit temples adhering to the guidelines including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Most of the puja activists, it is learnt, are inclined to skip the coming festivities.
The five-day Durga Puja, a famous Hindu festival when Goddess Durga is worshipped, is scheduled from October 21 this year. Durga Puja is also known as Durgotsava. According to Hindu religious texts Durga Puja, including Chandi Path, should begin from the next day of Mahalaya. Mahalaya is the most important day of Pitri Paksha when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors. Durga Puja, in autumn, is also called Akal Bodhan or Sharad Utsav, which is preceded by Sharad Nav Ratra when Devi Durga or Parvati is worshiped in nine forms for over nine nights. Courtesy to outlook India, India.com for the pictures