Guwahati: Amid the Coronavirus pandemic and all the speculations, the much-awaited Durga Puja festival which heralds the start of the Autumn season will be celebrated in Assam following all the COVID-19 protocols.
Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that Durga Puja will definitely be celebrated in the state but cautiously following all COVID-19 protocols.
There was quite an uncertainty among the people, organisers and idol artisans regarding the celebration of Durga Puja. But with this announcement by CM Sarma, it seems that all will have a clear picture of celebrating the festival with zeal and enthusiasm following COVID-19 adherence.
This will be for the second time that Durga Puja will be a low-key affair due to the pandemic across the nation.
The festival of Durga Puja is celebrated for ten days in the Ashwin month. However, in the actual sense, the festival commences from the sixth day. It is believed that on this day only Goddess Durga came on Earth.
The five days of Durga Puja are observed as Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami. Each day has its own meaning and significance. The first day of Durga Puja festival is known as Mahalaya. It is said that on the day of Mahalaya there was a clash between the demons and devas.
This year Durga Puja will begin on October 11, 2021, and ends on October 15, 2021.