Odisha is all set to welcome these Kali Puja or Diwali with happiness and new hope. The people of Cuttack will celebrate the festival of lights with a lot of enthusiasm. But due to the ongoing pandemic, the celebrations will be going to be different this time. Large gatherings and events have been cancelled. To ensure people’s safety and security, Cuttack DCP Pratik Singh has issued some rules and regulations on how to celebrate the festival of light this year.
The Government has released an order regarding the celebration of pujas in Odisha. There would be no public celebrations; no music or any entertainment programs would be allowed, no public or devotees would be able to view idols, and there would not be more than seven persons, including priests present in the puja pandals. Like Durga Puja, Kali puja will also be celebrated in Cuttack this year but in a low key. Cuttack DCP Pratik Singh has informed, Kali Puja will also be held in the same manner as the Dussehra celebrated in the city amid the Covid 19 guidelines.
For security reasons, a 15-platoon police force and 50 officers will be deployed during the Kali Puja in the city. The DCP, on the other hand, informed firecracker shops are allowed to open. To do this, one must first obtain a license from the DCP’s office. Maintaining social distance and the wearing of masks will also be mandatory in shops. But the decision regarding the location of the shops will be taken later.
Written By : Akankshya Mahapatra