Covid-19 Pandemic fades Indipur Gajalaxmi Puja celebration

by ABINASH SAHU
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Dhenkanal: The festive season is on and now the Puja of the goddess of wealth, Goddess Gajalaxmi is going on. Similarly, the village of Indipur, just 10 km from Dhenkanal district headquarters, has garnered a special place for the celebration of Gajalaxmi Puja there, but since last year the celebrations are muted and not grand as they used to be due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. WhatsApp Image 2021-10-20 at 11.23.22 PMThe history of celebrating the puja here is more than 50 years where goddess Gajalaxmi is worshipped in 32 pandals, but this year it has come down to 26. Since last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic the celebrations have faded here, every year the puja is celebrated for nine days here with great enthusiasm and in a grand way.WhatsApp Image 2021-10-20 at 11.23.21 PMBut this year there is no such charm and the puja is being done following all the Covid-19 guidelines. This year the puja will be celebrated for five days and the visarjan is scheduled for 24th October. The height of the idols is restricted to 4ft, with full compliance to the guidelines the puja is done this year.

Image Courtesy : Aman Ayushman Das

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