|Biswakarma Puja to be an austere affair this time|
GUWAHATI, Sept 16 - In view of the ongoing pandemic, Biswakarma Puja will be celebrated in a low-key manner in the State on Thursday. Perhaps for the first time, there will be no illumination and other fanfare during the festival. Generally everyone, especially the business community, celebrates this day in a grand manner. But this time no one is in the mood to celebrate as the pandemic has dealt a severe blow to everyone’s means of livelihood.
At the same time, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration has prohibited gathering of crowds at public places during the Biswakarma Puja and Mahalaya which will also be observed on Thursday. In the Assam Tribune buildings also Biswakarma Puja will be observed with full austerity. Normally over the years, the Biswakarma Puja held on the Tribune premises has been the main attraction for city dwellers. Meanwhile, in an order issued today, Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority of Kamrup (Metro) Biswajit Pegu has allowed gathering of only 15 people at a time while offering prayers at puja venues. But all those present at the puja venues must strictly follow social distancing and other COVID-19-related norms. Further, to avoid big gatherings, the district administration has also prohibited construction of pandals or commercial stalls at public places. Even special lighting and use of sound system have been prohibited in the city in order to avoid crowds.
Only dry prasad can be distributed among the devotees. Processions for immersion and cultural programmes have also been prohibited. The administration has further advised wearing of mask and frequent use of sanitizer for all devotees.
Violation of the mentioned norms will attract legal action under Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.