Durga puja a low key affair in Kanpur | Kanpur News

Smaller idols and low key celebrations, no bhog and no cultural performances, owing to the restrictions most of the Durga puja pandals have taken a backseat this year in Kanpur. The Durga puja pandal committees say that seeing the present scenario, this year they are keeping Durga puja celebrations simple.


Aveek Ghosh, who is the member of Sri Sri Barwari Durga Puja committee, Mall Road, shares, “Seeing the present scenario this year we are only organising the Kalash Puja. Ours is the oldest Durga puja of Kanpur but seeing the restrictions we have decided not to install the Durga idols this year. No cultural events would be organised this year. Our committee is only organising the Kalash puja were only the committee members would be offering the prayers to Goddess Durga this festival.”


Deepankar Bannerji, who is a committee member at the Central Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee, Bang Bhawan, informs “We are following all the pandemic guideline. Be it social distancing, wearing of mask or regular sanitization we are following that all. Also this year we have installed smaller Durga idols in comparison to previous year. Like other pandals we also would not be having cultural events.”
Ashish Roy, who is one of the organisers from Durga Puja committee, Mall Road, says, “Durga puja celebrations are straight and simple this year. We are having smaller idols of Durga maa. Also this year we are not mass bhog because we don’t want to take any risk. We are also having a dedicated team, which is liable for making the visitors follow the pandemic guidelines.”


Bimal Sengupta, who is president of Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee, Vikas Nagar has also organised a smaller and simple puja this year. He says, “Our committee jointly decided to keep it simple this year. Keeping the guidelines in mind we are organising the puja just to maintain the continuity. When the situation gets back to normal then we will again celebrate Durga puja in a big way.”

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