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Tripura Gear Up For Dewali: Covid Spoils Mood, Govt Issues SOP

Amid covid19 pandemic Tripura has geared up for annual dewali festival and Kali Puja on Saturday. Artisans are busy for the final touch to the kali idols. “This year we are facing huge economical problem as covid19 destroyed our business” said Kartik Rudra paul, an artisan from Aralia. Apart from idols earthen lamps and other dewali related small businesses are under effect due to pandemic, this year. Traditionally earthen lamps with cotton wicks and oil to light up the dark night. But due to economical crisis of common people erthen lamps business also effected this year. “Demand of the traditional lamp comparatively less this year. Buyers just asks for the rate but hardly buy” alleged a businessman of Maharajganj Bazar, Agartala. Meanwhile west Tripura District Magistrate issues SOPs for dewali and Kali Puja. 6 Ft distance is mandatory for the visitors. Mask sanitizar compulsory in puja pandal. No colorful lighting and orchestra this year. No high sound from 10 Pm to 6 am. In domestic kali puja maximum 20 invites are allowed. Idol should be maximum 5ft. No fire crackers also mentioned in the SOPs. For Udaipur, only a total of 15,000 devotees would be allowed to enter the temple for offering puja and darshan of Mata Tripura Sundari. The state government has also decided to arrange a live telecast of the Diwali festival in various channels of the state so that the devotees don’t miss it even staying at their homes. It was also decided that no shop would be allowed to open at the temple premises. However, the shops would be allowed on both sides of the road from Brahmabari to the main gate of the temple with COVID19 safety norms in place. But till now no shops are there. As decided by the authorities, there would be no cultural programme this year while everybody at the temple premises has to wear masks.

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