Maharashtra: No dandiya, garba occasions as govt points Navratri SOP

2020/09 30 01:09

Written by Abha Goradia
| Mumbai |

September 30, 2020 6:27:37 am


The federal government confused on avoiding crowding for bhajan, aarti and kirtan occasions. (Reuters)

With lower than 20 days left for Navratri to start, the state authorities on Tuesday suggested cancellation of garba, dandiya and cultural programmes in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a 16-point round issued forward of Navratri, Durga Puja and Dusshera, the state dwelling division mentioned the festivals have to be celebrated in a “easy method”. This 12 months, Navratri begins on October 17, with Dusshera falling on October 25.

As an alternative of internet hosting cultural occasions that would appeal to crowds, the federal government has suggested mandals to host health-related occasions or camps, resembling blood donation drives. The federal government’s ‘Majhe Kutumb Majhi Jajbabdari (My Household My Accountability)’ initiative needs to be publicised, other than selling precautionary measures that have to be taken towards Covid-19, malaria and dengue, mentioned the usual working process.

On the ban on garba occasions, the organiser of Kora Kendra Dandiya, Ganesh Naidu, mentioned: “We’re able to comply with pointers, however it could have been higher had the federal government taken us into confidence. Similar to IPL (Indian Premier League), we might have proposed broadcast of performances from the bottom. At the least it could have helped artistes. However the present pointers will not be clear on that facet.”

For Navratri and Durga Puja, the federal government has urged worship of metal-based idols as an alternative of the standard ones made from Plaster of Paris or clay. In circumstances the place metal-based idols will not be used, residents have been urged to worship eco-friendly idols, which might be dissolved at dwelling or synthetic immersion tanks.

The peak of the idol has been capped at four ft for mandals and a couple of ft for dwelling worship. No procession needs to be held for both the arrival or visarjan of the idol. In containment zones, visarjan is probably not allowed, the round acknowledged.

The federal government confused on avoiding crowding for bhajan, aarti and kirtan occasions. Wherever potential, utilizing on-line means and cable networks to broadcast ‘Devi Darshan’ and different occasions has been beneficial.

For internet hosting public Navratri gatherings, mandals will probably be required to take permission from native administration or municipal company, mentioned the round. It added a mandap needs to be erected as per the coverage formulated by the civic physique or the native administration and orders issued by the Bombay Excessive Court docket.

For mandals, sanitisation and thermal screening has been made obligatory. They will even not be allowed to supply the providers of meals or drinks. At a time, not more than 5 volunteers ought to stay current within the mandal, the round mentioned.

Ravan Dahan needs to be noticed in a symbolic method, with crowding discouraged. Stay screening of the identical might be facilitated, mentioned the round.

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