In view of the situation prevailing due to COVID 19, there will be no Maa Durga Idols this year in Dibrugarh town during Durga Puja celebration. Instead, this year Durga puja committees will perform “Ghat Puja” as per Vedic rituals without idols.
This decision was taken unanimously in a meeting held at the conference hall of DC’s Office, Dibrugarh on Saturday under the chairmanship of Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha with the Puja committees of Dibrugarh Town. The Deputy Commissioner however said that the district administration will allow the temples, which already have permanent idols of goddess Durga to carry on rituals only after following COVID-19 protocols.
Some of the other decisions taken are that the gates of the temples must be closed for the devotess after 6pm, however the rituals can be performed by priests inside the temples. At any point of time, there would not be more than 10 persons including the priests present in the temple premises.
The meeting also decided that this year no roadside puja celebration would be allowed in Dibrugarh town. There would be no decoration, pandals, lighting, use of music system, cultural or any other entertainment program. No market, melas, stalls would be allowed to be set up on the occasion of puja. Again no Bhog or Prasad would be distributed this year during Durga puja celebration in Dibrugarh town keeping in view the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
During immersion also, only 5 members from each puja committee will be allowed to immerse the ‘Ghat’ ( Kalash Visarjan) before sunset.