Bengal Durga Puja 2021 Updates, Guidelines issued by the Government
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The government also notified that Rs 50,000 financial assistance would be provided to every puja committee while electricity would be available for the marquees at 50 percent discount.
Here are the guidelines issued by the government last year:
The state government had directed all organisers to ensure that puja pandals are spacious and are open from all sides, with separate entry and exit points for visitors.
- Entering a marquee without mask and hand sanitiser were not allowed
- Organisers were asked to make adequate arrangements for distribution of masks in close vicinity of the pandal to the visitors who inadvertently come to the premises without wearing masks.
- Use and availability of hand sanitiser wa compulsory in the pandal premises
- Rituals such as ‘pushpanjali’, ‘sindoor khela’ and distribution of ‘prasad’ was organised in small groups with spaced out timings.
- People were encouraged to bring flowers from home for ‘pushpanjali’
- Cultural programmes in or near the puja pandal premises was not allowed
- To avoid crowding, arrangements was made so that people can visit marquees from the day of Tritiya, three days prior to the start of five-day festival which begins on 23 October.