Dwarka: Across Dwarka, the stage is set for Durga Puja, and the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has given a nod to celebrations this year. However, the Dwarka Puja committees have decided to keep it a simple affair. Some committees say that there was a paucity of time — as permissions came in late for large scale preparations and must confirm that they are purposely trying to keep the festivities within Covid-19 compliant behaviour since the fear of a third wave remains.
All the norms were followed by the members as per direction from the DDMA & the DM. The entry to the Puja venue (through passes only) was confined to the members and those entering the venue need to had to be fully vaccinated certificate or have the latest (72 hours) RT-PCR negative report. Thermal scanning and hand sanitisers were available at the venue.
No entry was permitted without a mask and removing the mask inside the venue was not allowed. Members need to maintain social distancing inside the venue as per Covid guidelines norms.
SK Das, General Secretary of Deepanwita Cultural Association, Sector 23, Dwarka, said, “During Anjali puja (followed by Prasad), members needed to enter the venue as per defined sitting capacity. Once the sitting slots were full, the rest of the members waited outside for their turn. Members, who finished Anjali puja, had to vacate the place so that the next group could enter.”
Amlan Mallick, General Secretary of Agomani Puja Committee(APC), Sector 14, Dwarka, said, “Like last year, APC has organised Durga Puja with limited people from October 11 to 15, 2021 inside Radhika Apartment’s Mandir Prangan in Sector-14 on a small scale as a symbolic ceremony due to Covid restrictions. Small Durga Murti (5 feet) with 3 sides open and a small Pandal to be set. Members along with family will only be allowed to enter Puja Pandal for those who have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines.”
He added, “Puja will begin every day: 7 am, and live stream to be done on APC's FB page/YouTube Channel. Members can watch the Puja and offer Pushpanjali from home at a scheduled time. Cultural competitions will be organised virtually. Wearing a face mask, thermal scanning, hand sanitisation and maintaining social distance before entering Puja Pandal is mandatory and SOP of Covid-19 by Delhi government/DDMA is to be strictly followed.”
The residents of Ganpati Apartments, Sector 9, Dwarka celebrated Saptami Puja during Durgotsav at their lawns in which senior citizens, men, women and children participated with great religious fervour and offered puja to Mahamai Durga. Bhajan singers rendered solemn religious bhajans and presented various tableaus of Goddess Durga, Shankar Parvati, Radhey Krishna etc. The ceremony concluded with Bhandara prasad to all the devotees.
Here are glimpses of Durga Puja celebrated in Deepanwita Cultural Association, Sector 23, Dwarka; Ganpati Apartment, Dwarka; Radhika Apartments, Dwarka Sector-14; Kalibari Apartments and Dakshinayan Apartments.