Gurugram: Garden City Bengali Cultural Association (GCBCA), located in Sector 90, Gurugram, is organising its 6th Durga Puja celebrations this year.
Durga Puja is a special occasion that brings an awakening sensation and unites people irrespective of religion, caste and creed. The puja lasts for four days only in the pandal but its preparations start three months before and its sweet fragrance lasts for days.
Established in 2016 with an aim of keeping traditional culture alive, the association has organised Durga Puja every year except 2020 when only necessary rituals were held.
As gathered by Desh Ranjan Basak, President of GCBCA, three events are organised during Durga Puja every year which is celebrated for five days followed by Kali Puja and Saraswati Puja, which is a one-day celebration. The puja pandal would have multiple food stalls offering various delicacies and would be a treat for all the visitors.
“Our members are extremely excited this year and keenly participating in Puja activities during the daytime and cultural activities are being planned in the evening by members to make the event enjoyable,” he said.
He informed that the organisers have made all necessary arrangements to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed by all members and other visitors. The vaccination certificates of all members have been verified and pandal entry passes were issued to members and their family members.
A separate barricaded section has been made for the visitors ensuring they have a clear view of the Durga idol with social-distance maintained. Unlike previous years, the cultural activities are restricted for families of the members only. Other than this, the mask has been made compulsory with social distancing to avoid crowding
“Non-members and visitors will be allowed for Devi darshan. They will not be allowed in members’ enclosures. We have also advised our associates and co-sponsors to submit their vaccination certificates and follow COVID-19 guidelines strictly. The situation is tough but our volunteers dedicated are working hard to ensure COVID-19 protocol for the success of this event,” added Basak.