Gujarat Government Final guideline declared For Navratri Utsav 2020
No Garba in Gujarat: Ban on Navratri, Dussehra, Durga Puja and Diwali celebrations, only Aarti and Navratri can be established: Government Guidelines
Prasad cannot be distributed, one hour permission to do Aarti
No Garba of any kind will be held, but star campaigners will be allowed in the by-elections
Aarti is also to be played in the recording, no artist will be present
For a long time now, there has been a debate in Gujarat over whether the state government will allow Navratri to be held, although today the state government has issued guidelines according to which no Garba can be held in public in the state. During Navratri, Garbi / Murti can be erected in public and Puja-Aarti can be done in public, but photos or idols cannot be touched. Prasad cannot be distributed. The government has issued guidelines for the celebration of Navratri festivals including Garba, Dussehra, Besata Varsh, keeping in view the state of transition of Koro, which will be implemented from October 16.
Ban on Dussehra, Durga Puja, Diwali celebrations
Festivals like Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali, Besata Varsh-New Year Snehmilan, Bhaibeej-Sharadpurnima are advised to be done at home with family members. The public celebration of the upcoming festivals requires the prior approval of the local administration. Mass events like fairs, rallies, exhibitions, Ravanadahan, Ramlila, Shobhayatra where large numbers of people gather will be banned. In case of violation of these instructions, legal action will be taken against the concerned venue-manager, organizer. Necessary arrangements will also have to be made for prompt availability of medical facilities during all the programs.
Guidelines issued by the government
According to the decision, no Garba will be held in the state during Navratri.
This means that no type of garba, including public or street garba, can be organized in the state.
During Navratri, Garbi / Murti can be set up in public and Puja-Aarti can be done in public, but photos or idols cannot be touched or prasad cannot be distributed.
This will require the approval of the local administration.
No more than 200 people will be able to gather and the duration of the event will be one hour. All SOPs must be complied with.
In areas other than the content zone, social, educational, sports, recreational, cultural activities, planning of religious ceremonies will also be allowed subject to certain conditions.
Physical distance with a distance of six feet and floor marking for that.
The face must be properly covered at all times throughout the ceremony.
Oxy meter facility with thermal scanner, sanitizer as well as stage, mic, chair should be sanitized periodically.
Handwashing, sanitizer facilities will all be mandatory.
There will be a complete ban on spitting during the ceremony as well as consumption of pan-masala, gutkha.
Adults above 65 years of age, children below 10 years of age, pregnant mothers as well as persons suffering from other ailments should not participate in such ceremonies.
If such ceremonies are held in halls, hotels, banquet halls, auditoriums, wedding halls of caste societies, town halls or other closed venues, they may be held within the limits of 50 per cent or a maximum of 200 persons.
Up to 100 people can take part in a celebration like a wedding reception.
Posthumous funeral – The ritual will have a maximum of 100 people.
Ban on religious festivals, exemption from election campaign!
Due to the transition of Koro, the government is unilaterally banning the planning of religious festivals like Navratri, Dussehra, Durga Puja and Diwali and guidelines are being issued for the same. But during these festivals, by-elections are going to be held in 8 assembly seats in the state. Filling the subscription form is starting from today. Meanwhile, the Congress and the BJP will field their star campaigners. There is a discussion among the general public that the government should issue such guidelines for the election campaign if the celebration of religious festivals can be banned because of Corona.
The medical association declined to comment
Khelaiyas had hoped that the state government would approve the planning of the street garba, but the state government has not approved any kind of garba planning as per the new guidelines of the state government to be implemented from October 16. There has also been disappointment among the players, but many citizens have welcomed the government’s decision. The Ahmedabad Medical Association has been urging the state government not to allow Garba to do so, given the Corona transition this year. Otherwise, the situation will worsen and if the cases of corona increase, it will be difficult to treat the patients.
Sheri Garba cannot be organized
Regarding the planning of Navratri Garba, the government further clarified that no type of Garba including public or street Garba can be organized in the state. Pooja Aarti can be performed only in the presence of a maximum of 200 persons by installing Mataji’s idol or Garbi and with compliance with SOP including social distance. Apart from that, no Garba can be organized. Only Mataji’s Aarti Puja can be done, Prasad cannot be distributed.
While Gujaratis are eagerly awaiting approval for their biggest festival Navratri or not, the Vijay Rupani government of Gujarat has taken a big decision regarding the planning of Navratri.
As per the decision taken by the Rupani government, Garba cannot be held in public at any place in the state during Navratri. Not only party plots but also street garba cannot be organized. During Navratri, Garbi / Murti can be installed and worshiped in an open space in public, but photos or idols cannot be touched and prasad cannot be distributed. This will require the approval of the local administration. In addition, no more than 20 persons will be able to gather and the time for the installation of Garbi and idols and the program of Pooja-Aarti will be one hour only. In addition, the SOP declared by the state government must be complied with.