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Steel city cancels Basanti Durga Puja and Ram Navami celebrations

Pandemic plays havoc to festivities for second consecutive year
An artisan making an idol of Basanti Durga Puja at Sakchi on Friday.

Pinaki Majumdar   |   Jamshedpur   |   Published 09.04.21, 08:40 PM

The Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti has decided to cancel Basanti Durga Puja and Ram Navami celebrations for the second consecutive year due to the second wave of Covid-19.

The 10-day Basanti Durga Puja begins on April 13, and will end on April 22.


The Ram Navami procession in the respective localities of varios Akhara committees was supposed to be taken out on April 21.

The steel city witnesses as many as 14 Basanti Durga Puja and altogether there are 175- odd Ram Navami Akhara committees including 149 licenced ones.

Some of the prominent Basanti Pujas are organised at the Beldih Kalibari in Bistupur and Sakchi-based Durgabari.

Last year, Basanti Durga Puja and Ram Navami were organised with minimal arrangements due to the lockdown.

"Concerned over rising cases of Covid-19 and the government imposed restrictions, we have asked the  organisers of Basanti Durga Puja and Ram Navami Akharas to cancel all celebrations including cultural programmes and processions. However, to keep the tradition alive symbolic puja will be done with smaller idols, " said Ram Babu Singh, general secretary of JDPKS.

According to the decision of the state government, the night curfew was implemented from Thursday between 8 pm and 6 am on Friday.

Police had to force shops to close beyond 8 pm at several places in Mango and Sonari.

On Friday morning, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee ( JNAC ) sealed an eatery and a beverage stall doing brisk business at Sakchi by violating Covid protocols. 

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