Dipti Ranjan Das

Kendrapada: In a bid to check social gathering in view of the COVID19 pandemic, Kendrapada SP Niti Shekhar today issued guidelines to be followed by pandals during the Gajalaxmi Puja.

As per the guidelines, restrictions have been clamped on lighting, decoration, playing of music and cultural programmes at the pandals. In an attempt to prevent Covid-19 spread during the festival, the puja organizers have been instructed to cover the pandals from four sides. Not more than 7 persons will be allowed on the pandals, as per the guidelines issued by the admin.

In view of the pandemic, Durga Puja celebrations were also held in a muted manner with only observance of rituals sans public participation, pomp and grandeur.

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