ODISHA GOVT BANS CELEBRATIONS OF CHHATH PUJA AT RIVER BANKS AMID COVID 19

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ODISHA GOVT BANS CELEBRATIONS OF CHHATH PUJA AT RIVER BANKS AMID COVID 19

Chhath puja is one of the auspicious festivals, celebrated mainly in Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. In this festival, people gather in a mass and perfor

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Chhath puja is one of the auspicious festivals, celebrated mainly in Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. In this festival, people gather in a mass and perform holy baths, praying in front of sun god at river banks early morning.

The puja is dedicated to the solar deity surya and shashthi devi, in order to give the beautiful life on earth and granting other wishes too. It is the worship dedicated to chhathi maiya and sun god  surya alongwith usha and pratyusha, the goddess of dawn and dusk respectively.

It is believed that on chhath, there is a combined power of usha and pratyusha and to worship both along with sun. The rituals continue till 4 days, including holy bathing, fasting,and standing in water for a longer period of time.

The great hindu vedic festival “CHHATH PUJA” celebrated in many states of india, facing a turn when odisha government bans the celebration of chhath puja at river banks dueto covid 19 on november 20-21.Considering the present scenarios and growing cases of covid in india, it is good that one take precautions and put restriction o n their behalf. The celebration included large gatherings of people and mass bathing at river banks and ghats which was banned in odisha this year.

While issuing the order, the commissioner of special relief said that since the festival include gathering pf large number of people which together take holy bath at river banks and performing puja, so there are great chances of spreading covid infections.the state itself is passing through critical face of pandemic, so it is better that they adhere to the protocols to avoid the spread.

In order to continue their rituals for the puja, people were advised to perform them at their respective homes to avoid mass gatherings. The people are also requested to adhere to the other rules like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing properly.

If a person found violating the rules, will be punished under the provision of disaster management act, 2005, other relevant laws too.

“In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 24(I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, read with rule 8(1) of the Odisha Disaster Management Rules, 2010, the undersigned (Chief Secretary) hereby directs that celebration of Chhath Puja including mass bathing at river banks or ghats shall remain prohibited during November 20-21, 2020,” the order reads.

Nandlal singh ( president of BJP), said that the government has banned chhath puja in public places, and a request for all to follow the protocols in these difficult times of pandemic and worship in their respective houses.

It is important that we as a citizens should understand the pros and cons of such things and follow instructions accordingly in this pandemic situation. Though, it will be the first time that the festival will not be celebrated in public places but seeing the current covid cases, it is better we fulfill our duties as citizens and stop the spread together.

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