Jamshedpur: For the second year in a row, Steel city residents will miss out on the popular Ganesh
owing to Covid-19 curbs.
Organised annually by Shree Bala Ganapati Vilas Samiti at the Ganesha Puja ground in Kadma, the 17-day fair attracts large crowd from the three districts of Kolhan division.
“The puja would be organised but the fair will not be held. If we get the permission from the district administration, then the samiti would put up a pandal at the ground else puja will be observed at the club house,” M Kanka Rao, President of the puja samiti.
Disappointed on missing the fair for the second consecutive year, Kadma resident and insurance executive Aditya Pathak (38) said: “The mela is the charm of the 103-year-old Ganesh Puja in Kadma.” During the pre-pandemic years, the footfall at Ganesh mela was 20,000 per day on an average.
The Hindu Peeth Samiti, which organises Ganesh Chaturthi festival with much fanfare in Bistupur, has pruned the celebrations this year. “We have planned to organise the puja only for one day and distribute prasad (modak and laddu) on the second day to 10,000 households in the locality,” Arun Singh, the president of Hindu Peeth Samiti, said.
The Ram Mandir Boys Club and Maharashtra Hithkari Mandal have also said that Ganesh Chaturthi this year will be a low-key affair.
“Like last year, this year, too, all Ganesh puja organising committees in the city have cut down on the celebrations as there is no permission from the government to organise the festival on a grand scale,” ABS Ram Mandiram vice-president Jammi Bhaskar said.
More than 50 samitis in the city organise Ganesh Puja.
Vishwakarma Puja, which is to be observed on September 17, will also be a low-key affair this year.
The Tata Motors ancillaries in Adityapur industrial town have not planned big celebrations as there’s no clear-cut instructions from the government so far.
“If there’s relaxation in the guidelines and the government allows congregation, then perhaps Vishwakarma Puja could be organised like previous years in the industrial area,” said Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry general secretary Bharat Vasani.
However, Adityapur resident Mahesh Patel (54), who is an ancillary employee, said due to the discouraging business due to the pandemic, the companies are not keen on organising Vishwakarma Puja in a big way, irrespective of whether the government gives permission for big celebrations or not.