Muted ‘Maha Ashtami’ Rituals and Celebrations in Bengal Amid Coronavirus, HC Order
The standard a laugh, frolic and non secular fervour related to Maha Ashtami, regarded as probably the most auspicious of the 4 days of Durga Puja, was once slightly visual on Saturday, with other folks throughout West Bengal worshipping the goddess just about, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a prime courtroom order.
Conventional rituals like ‘sandhi puja’, ‘kumari puja’ and ‘sandhya arati’ had been telecast on tv or reside streamed through organisers in view of COVID-19 protocols and the Calcutta Prime Courtroom order limiting access to marquees.
The well-known ‘kumari pujo’, a rirual during which a lady of lower than 8 years of age is worshipped as Goddess Durga after being decided on through priests, was once proven by the use of the virtual medium at a number of puts, together with the Belur Math, the worldwide headquarters of Rama Krishna Math and Undertaking. “Belur Math had organised reside streaming of the rituals on Fb and YouTube for the tens of millions of devotees world wide,” a senior reputable mentioned.
A variety of puja organisers, like Behala’s Jagatpur Kheyali Sangha, evolved apps to move the rituals. The centuries-old spiritual ceremonies had been, alternatively, seen at a number of Rajbaris (royal homes) just like the Sovabazar Rajbari, Behala’s Roybari and the Krishnagar Rajbari in Nadia district, whilst adhering to protection norms.
For plenty of, the digital worship is a sour tablet to swallow. “I’m 67 and I do not recall no longer attending the puja rituals ever. This COVID-19 pandemic has modified all of the state of affairs. I prayed to Goddess Durga this yr in the course of the digital mode,” mentioned Satyabrata Seal.
Suchandra Bhattacharya, a 21-year-old BBA scholar mentioned: “The saddest section is that the elements these days is okay however we can not cross out for pandal hopping. That is very tricky to simply accept, however then, our fingers are tied.” Some neighborhood pujas and flats made method for providing ‘pushpanjali’ (flora) to the goddess through regulating the gang and keeping up social distancing. “We ensured that individuals stand somewhat excluding each and every different. Best 10 other folks had been allowed to provide ‘pushpanjali’ at a time, and we organised a number of rounds,” Tuhin Chakladar, secretary of an condominium in Lake The city, mentioned.
In the meantime, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Leader Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted other folks at the instance of Maha Ashtami. “Wishing all a blessed Durga Ashtami. Pray Maa Durga to bless us all with peace. Allow us to invoke the 9 Shaktis of Ma Durga and be ever blessed,” Dhankhar tweeted.