UNESCO also commended the concerned organisations in Kolkata for their initiatives to involve marginalised groups and individuals as well as women in their participation in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage.
Dozens of people have been arrested over the attacks and the spread of communal hatred on social media,
The President is currently in Ladakh and would be spending Dussehra with Army jawans in Drass.
Like elsewhere, Durga Puja is a low key affair in Cuttack this year as well. Here is a slideshow of the pandals from the millennium city.
B-town is celebrating Durga Puja in style. Catch celebrities offering worship at Durga Puja Pandal in Mumbai.
"Goddess Durga is a symbol of power and is also a divine form of 'nari shakti'. Durga Puja is the celebration of the victory of good over evil.' Kovind said, as he extended his greetings and best wishes to his fellow citizens living both in India and abroad.
Jagatsinghpur district administration issued the prohibitory orders in and around the temple keeping in view the huge rush of devotees during Dussehra
In view of prevailing pandemic and anticipated rush during observance of Durga Puja special precautions are being taken at temples and places of worship. The Puri Srimandir will remain closed for the devotees on the occasion of Durga Puja on October 15.
Security has been heightened in the millennium city ahead of Dussehra festivities. As many as 32 platoons of police forces have been deployed in Cuttack to ensure strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines during Durga Puja celebrations.
A detailed security plan has been finalised and 100 officers along with 150 home guards from other districts have been mobilised. Around 20 aid posts will be set up and focus will be given on sector-wise patrolling and security at vulnerable and communally sensitive locations in the city.
The festive season has kicked off. And for the administration and health department in Odisha, combating Covid-19 will be the biggest challenge.
Gift is a device to create an unethical bonding; it creates an obliging clientele. Therefore, terming the payment of Dearness Allowance (DA) by Odisha government as puja gift is likely to dent objectivity of the government employees.
Keeping in mind the chances of large scale public gathering and congregation, the Odisha government had announced extended night curfew in the twin cities Bhubaneswar & Cuttack.
It is not that people didn't opt for online shopping before the COVID situation, but the dependence of people over different e-commerce portals has grown massively amid COVID fear. Meanwhile, online shopping brands are throwing exciting offers amid the festivity to allure the 'new age' shoppers. The shoppers are also leaning towards the online shopping way with attractive discount coupons and more.
Around 15-20 artisans of Alamchand Bazar said that the profit they earn by making jari medha for Dusshera and other pujas like Ganesh Puja, Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja and Kartik Puja during four months of the festive season is enough to feed their families the entire year.
Durga Puja celebration, though muted, is all set to have a key attraction this time round in Kolkata. A pandal in Kolkata built on the iconic Burj Khalifa is creating a lot of buzz.
Navratri is one of the most popular and widely celebrated festivals in many parts of India, particularly in Gujarat. A highlight of Navratri in Gujarat is Garba, which at times is accompanied by Dandiya.
It’s hardly been 10 days since ‘Cyclone Gulab’ caused devastation in parts of Odisha, and formation of a fresh low pressure has triggered speculations regarding another cyclone in the state.
Dussehra festivities are just days away. And for the second consecutive year, the fears of muted celebrations have come true. As if the 4-ft cap on idol height wasn’t enough, the SRC’s recently issued guidelines for Durga Puja celebrations in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar has come as a double blow to the denizens.
Away from the election, the rules for the common person awaiting the festivities are quite different. There have been several restrictions in Odisha ranging from the absurd to the downright bizarre.
The Covid19 pandemic has come down hard on the melody artistes of Odisha. With Durga Puja commencing in few days, the guidelines issued by the state government has again left the artistes in despair.
Odisha braces up for Durga Puja, the celebrations of which will remain low-key for second consecutive year due to Covid restrictions. Like last year, there will be no gold and silver tableaus in the silver city Cuttack which has left the artisans in despair.
DMET Chief CBK Mohanty appealed people to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines strictly during the crucial festival time to keep the pandemic under control
Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh urged the city denizens on Thursday to come forward and inform about any kind of forceful collection of donations in the name of puja during the ensuing Puja festival
A team of Malgodown Police arrested the two members of the College Square Puja Committee named Sarat Kumar Behera and Rakesh Kumar Behera for forcing a businessman to pay Rs 13000 as donation for the forthcoming Durga Puja.