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Government comes out with SOP for Durga Puja: Idol size less than 4 feet, Covered pandals, no lighting decoration, no Ravan Dahan

Ranchi, Oct 1 (UNI) The state government on Thursday came out with the SOPs to be adopted for celebrating the festival of Durga Puja or Dussehra in Jharkhand as per which people have been urged to perform the puja privately at homes to as much extent as possible.
The order said that Puja may also be performed in a specially selected small Pandal where it has been done traditionally only with the objective of performance of rituals without public participation for which the Puja pandals shall be covered on all sides in a way to prevent any public view of the idols, moreover these pandals would not be constructed on any themes.
The order further said that there shall be no decoration by lighting in the area around the Puja pandal nor welcome gates or Toran Dwar shall be erected in and around the Puja pandals and barring the area where the idol is placed rest of the Puja pandal shall be open to air. The order clearly said that the size of the idols shall be less than 4 feet and there shall be no use of public address system and nowhere on Mela shall be organised on the occasion, no food stalls shall be opened in and around the Durga Puja pandal.
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