Chhath Puja celebrations: Delhi govt requesting LG to discuss fresh COVID-19 protocols, minister says Gopal Rai

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New Delhi [India], October 15 (ANI): The Delhi government is requesting Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to convene a meeting to discuss the new COVID-19 protocol for Chhath Puja celebrations, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday.

Speaking to ANI, Rai said, “Manoj Tiwari should ask the LG why he didn’t allow Chhath Puja celebrations as only two people take the decision here, either Delhi LG or the Centre. We have taken up the issue with both of them.” have discussed and requested. LG will convene a meeting to issue fresh COVID-19 protocols.”

Tiwari on Tuesday protested outside the official residence of CM Arvind Kejriwal demanding permission for Chhath Puja in Delhi.

According to DDMA, Durga Puja and Ramlila can be organized in Delhi this year with certain conditions, but the public program of Chhath Puja has been banned. (ANI)

The Delhi Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) had ordered that Chhath Puja will not be held at any public place this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Earlier on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written a letter to LG Anil Baijal requesting him to allow Chhath Puja in Delhi.

In the letter, Kejriwal said, “For the last three months, the Covid-19 situation in Delhi is under control. I believe that we should allow the festival of Chhath Puja to be held with the Covid-19 protocol.” “

Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Sun God and is mainly celebrated by the people of the border areas of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. According to Hindu tradition, devotees worship the Sun God and his wife Usha to express gratitude and seek his blessings. During the 4-day festival, devotees gather in rivers, ponds and other water bodies and take a holy dip.

This year, the festival will begin with the ritual ‘Nahai Khai’ from November 8 and conclude with ‘Usha Arghya’ (worshiping the rising sun) by the devotees on November 11. The main festival is on 10th November when devotees will offer ‘Argha’ to the Sun God. (ANI)

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