Durga Puja 2020: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Durga Puja will likely be totally different this yr. Within the ‘new regular’, Bengalis residing exterior India are busy taking on-line classes to carry out Durga Puja themselves. COVID-19 has compelled the monks from West Bengal to cancel their worldwide journey plans. For many years, monks from the state used to journey to international locations – from america to Japan and Europe – to do the puja for Bengalis settled there.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has restricted our motion however Durga Puja can not wait. After requests from associates in India and overseas, we determined to conduct on-line workshops the place all puja rituals will likely be taught,” Jayanta Kushari of the Sarva Bharatiya Prachya Vidya Academy, informed information company Press Belief of India. The Academy has determined to conduct on-line lessons on September 27 and October 4, Mr Kushari added.
From ghot puja, earlier than the idol of Durga is put in on pratipad, to kola bou snan, chandipath and the yagna, all rituals will likely be taught, he stated. Ghot puja is praying to Durga in an urn until Shashthi when the idol of the goddess is put in and kola bou snan is the ritual of bathing a small banana plant, which symbolizes the spouse of Ganesha.
The net workshops will likely be held at a time handy for all members throughout totally different time zones, Mr Kushari stated. The organisation has been conducting workshops for individuals keen to work as monks aside from their common jobs.
Final month the group had carried out related on-line lessons for 175 individuals in entrance of a semi-finished Durga idol at Shobhabazar Rajbari, an iconic constructing in north Kolkata. “Extra individuals can attend on-line periods than in bodily workshops within the current state of affairs. This is likely to be the brand new norm even in post-COVID instances,” Mr Kushari stated.
One other priest in Kolkata, Srikanto Chakraborty stated, he’s searching for gives from puja committees throughout the state after his common consumer in London informed him that he has delay Durga Puja plans this yr.
Durga Puja 2020: Days and dates
- Panchami: October 21
- Shashthi: October 22
- Saptami: October 23
- Ashtami: October 24
- Navami: October 25
- Vijaya Dashami: October 26 – the final day of Navratri culminating in Dussehra