As everyone is busy preparing for ‘Durga Puja’, an idol of Goddess Durga wearing a 20 gm gold mask and carrying hygiene items is going viral on social media. This is a pandal in Baguiati area of Kolkata. The theme has just been unveiled, the rest of the preparations are on.
New Delhi: Durga Puja is a beautiful festival celebrating strength, courage, Goddess Durga. From October 11 this year, the followers of Maa Durga will be excited about the festival and will visit the nearby pandals to enjoy the day. Also, several cultural programs will be organized to entertain the devotees and keep them engaged in the festivities.
As everyone is busy preparing for ‘Durga Puja’, a 20 gm idol of Goddess Durga wearing a golden mask and hygiene items is going viral on social media. This is a pandal in Baguiati area of Kolkata. The theme has just been unveiled, the rest of the preparations are on.
The idol, made to keep Covid-19 at bay, includes a golden mask, thermal gun, syringe and other medical supplies, which replaced the look of customary Durga Puja paraphernalia. All this has been done to give an important message of staying safe and focusing on health amid the global pandemic. TMC MLA and Bengali singer Aditi Munshi said after unveiling the statue at Bandhu Mahal Club, “Please don’t think of a gold mask as a high-end accessory.”
“The idea behind this is that every daughter is a golden girl from Bengal, and every parent wants to cover their daughter in gold. We have put 20 grams of gold mask here, not in metal form. We did it to raise awareness. mask and to promote the message that during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to follow a doctor’s safety advice,” he added.
Covid-19 is about to turn two years old, and the pandemic continues to affect Durga Puja in India for the second year in a row in March 2020. Organizers in various states are facing fund crunch. Sponsors and advertisers are few, drying up their main source of income. The COVID-19 protocols for organizing festivals keep a close watch on individual events with the local administration. This year Durga Puja celebrations are expected to be low-key.
First published:September 30, 2021, 1:52 pm