Tanuja, Kajol, Tanishaa Mukerji, Mouni Roy, Ashutosh Gowariker, Ayan Mukerji, Debu Mukerji, Bappa .B. Lahiri, Taneesha Lahiri, Krishh Lahiri, Jaan Kumar Sanu, Sharbani Mukherji, Samrat, Jyoti Mukerji, Rego Lahiri, Rituparna Sengupta visit North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti in 2021, one of the oldest and largest Durga Puja in Mumbai practically goes on for the second year amid the COVID pandemic, adheres to strict norms, only allowed people with double vaccinations.
As the Maa Durga festival approaches, the members of North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti are ready to go virtual for the second year amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Members have decided to bring their puja to the people via live streaming and social media via mobile phones and laptops. They are concerned that many could become infected with the deadly virus with overcrowded pandals, hence the decision to go through the same agreements as last year.
In fact, this year they scaled the idol down to 4 feet and 6 feet with mukut. Older members are asked to stay at home. In fact, members are allowed to visit the pandal in small quantities that adhere to social distancing norms. Unfortunately, outsiders, bhog, prasad and flowers are strictly forbidden to avoid physical contact. There will be two hours of morning anjali without flowers and two hours of sandhya aarti.
Debu Mukerji says: “This is the second year that we are doing virtual Durga Puja. We have to keep social distance and wear masks. Because of this, we don’t let a lot of people in. They are only members. With everyone’s safety in mind, we thought this was the best decision. The members are also assigned a certain time when they can visit the pandal. We seek the blessings of Maa and pray for the safety of all ”.
Kajol says: “Because unprecedented times require unprecedented actions, Durga Puja will unfortunately not be celebrated with pomp and show this year as it was in 2019. The festival has many wonderful memories, it brings the family together, the preparation of outfits up to bhog, everything about Durga Puja is special. However, I trust that the NBSDP will do what is best for its members and supporters as safety is a top priority. “
Says Ayan Mukerji, “It is the second year we are going virtual, but the safety of our members and devotees is our number one concern, we will do everything we can to make sure everyone is safe. We ask Maa Durga’s blessings to help us get through this time. “
Sharbani Mukherji says, “I wish everyone Durga Puja. In the COVID situation we are facing today, we must be very careful as children, seniors and loved ones are at home. I think we need to follow the protocols. In any case, the puja is not what it was on a grand scale, but more importantly, the rituals are performed and the puja is performed, all the vidhis that we follow. We miss the devotees who have been coming from all over the world and from India for so many years. Hopefully we’ll come back next year with a bang. It will be our 75th year so we are planning a bigger celebration to bring this in and with Maa’s blessings we will hopefully get out of this pandemic situation.