Cuttack: The immersion of Durga Puja idols passed off as a low-key affair in Cuttack on Tuesday with strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines.
Elaborate arrangements were made for the immersion of Durga idols in order to avoid gathering and maintain social distancing.
According to sources, the idols of Goddess Durga, other gods and goddesses from more than 160 pandals were immersed in 14 temporary ponds set up by the Commissonerate Police.
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The immersion was started at 10 AM and concluded at 6 PM. Four time slots were allotted to the puja committees for the immersion—10 AM to 12 Noon, 12 Noon to 2 PM, 2 PM to 4 PM and 4 PM to 6 PM.
Police personnel escorted the vehicles carrying the idols to the notified immersion sites. As per COVID-19 norms, only seven members from each puja committee were allowed to participate in the immersion ceremony. No procession was allowed this year.
(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)