Kolkata: The five-day Durga Puja festivities in Bengal got here to an finish on Monday, albeit vibrant processions, which normally mark the event, have been largely lacking from the town streets, because the idol immersion ceremony was noticed by only a handful of individuals.
Wearing conventional outfits and with masks worn on faces, devotees, whereas sustaining secure distance, touched the toes of goddess Durga as chants of ‘asche bochor abar hobe’ (until subsequent 12 months) lease the air.
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Girls supplied sweets to the goddess, whilst the standard ‘Sindur Khela’ (ladies smear one another with vermilion) was principally restricted to organisers and some native residents on the pandals.
Based on Kolkata Police sources, sufficient preparations have been made to make sure the idol immersion ceremony was peaceable all over the place, with CCTVs put in in any respect river ghats and personnel from civic our bodies and Kolkata Port Belief (KoPT) current on the venue to watch the scenario.
All puja committees have been instructed to ship naked minimal members to the ghats for the observing the rituals.
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Heavy cranes fastened atop boats have been seen in motion at a number of the ghats to assist raise and extricate the stays of the idols from the river to keep away from water air pollution.
This 12 months, nonetheless, the Durga Puja carnival at Purple Highway, the place massive ticket committees showcase their idols earlier than collaborating within the immersion procession, has been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.