Noida: Covid-19 restricts Chhath Puja to a low-key affair | Noida News – Times of India


NOIDA: Even as GB Nagar district magistrate Suhas LY instructed that all Covid-19 SOPs of social distancing, masks and sanitisation should be followed during the upcoming four-day Chhath Puja celebrations which begin from November 18-21, the main organiser of Chhath Puja in the district – Pravasi Mahasangh – which has been organising the festival at Noida stadium since last 11 years, will not be holding the event in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
Residents are preparing smaller pujas at home and society complexes within a restricted group while Shri Chhath Puja Samiti of sector 75 will have a scaled down festival limited to local residents.
“All celebrations should follow norms prescribed for Covid prevention as well as orders by competent authority. Residents are directed to maintain social distancing, wear masks, maintain sanitisation and avoid large gatherings,” said Suhas LY district magistrate GB Nagar.
The four-day Chhath Puja which includes worship of the Sun god, will begin from Wednesday, November 18 and culminate on November 21. While Noida stadium in sector 21A was the favourite spot of lakhs of devotees who thronged to celebrate the festival where a huge tank is dug up every year for the holy dip, members of Pravasi Mahasangh, the organisers of the event said that this year they have decided not to hold the festival – a first in the last 11 years – as the fear of Covid pandemic is high with the rising number of cases.
“This is the first year in last 11 years since we are holding the Chhath Puja in Noida stadium that we have decided not to have the festivities due to coronavirus pandemic. We have had lakhs of devotees who offer their prayers at the festival where we also invite well known artists and folk singers from Bihar and other parts of east India. It’s a major festival for residents of purvanchal. But this year we are giving it a miss as we cannot risk the fear of Covid infection,” said TN Chaurasia, executive member Pravasi Mahasangh.
While many residential apartment complexes and sectors are organising a smaller event with restrict gathering amidst social distancing and mandatory wearing of face masks, the Shri Chhath Puja Samiti of sector 75 has created an artificial Chhath ghat in Golf City Sector-75, where rising sun will be worshipped by women on fast during the four-day festival.
The committee’s founder Munna Kumar Sharma said that the construction of Chhath ghat has been completed and other preparations are going on in full swing.

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