Keonjhar, Aug 19: The district administration has issued guidelines for festive occasions and restricted the Ganesh Puja celebration at public place.
“Keeping in view number of COVID-19 positive cases in the district of Keonjhar, there is absolute need of preventing social gathering during the festive occasions like Ganesh Puja, Bhalkuni Puja and some other Pujas followed by idol immersion ceremony with processions at the larger interest of the public health,” said an order issued by the collector.
“There will be no Ganesh Puja at any public place (including erection of stage/pendal) throughout the district of Keonjhar. However, there is no bar for performance of Puja of Lord Ganesh in temples or permanent places of worship for the deity,” stated the order.
Here are the guidelines:
- Maximum five persons along with servitors are allowed to perform the rituals of the deity. Also, people can perform puja at their homes.
- No devotee shall be allowed to enter into the premises of the temple to offer puja.
- Head of educational institutions are not allowed to perform Ganesh Puja at their respective educational premises.
- Cultural functions/ religious functions/other gatherings and congregation in any form are strictly prohibited. Bisarjan/immersion of Lord Ganesh and Maa Bhalukuni shall be completed without any procession and with the maximum gathering of five persons.
- No permission is given to any Club/Association/Organisation for the celebration of Ganesh Puja at any public place.
- The persons participating in the Ganesh Puja in temples and institutions must adhere to the COVID-19 protocols like social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitization of the place.
- Not more than five persons are allowed to gather at one place during Ganesh Puja/ Bhalukuni Puja or any other functions and social gatherings/functions after puja is strictly prohibited.
“Any person violating these guidelines will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable,” said the order.