Devotees mark Durga Puja festival amid COVID-19 pandemic

Protocols enforced, traditional rituals adapted in order for devotees to celebrate safely


India’s annual Hindu festival Durga Puja, marking the triumph of good over evil, kicks off despite coronavirus restrictions. The festival is usually marked by dancing, drumming, eating and praying. But this year, the pandemic is changing the way people celebrate.

People wearing protective gear worship in front of a 10-armed ornate goddess idol on a platform.
Hindu devotees wearing personal protective equipment perform Dandiya, a traditional dance, in front of an idol of Hindu goddess Durga at a pandal or a temporary platform, on the first day of Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India, Oct. 22, 2020. Credit: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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A Hindu priest waits for devotees at a roadside temple during the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata.Image Credit: AFP
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Hindu devotees perform rituals with a traditionaly decorated banana tree wrapped in a sari symbolising the wife of Hindu god Ganesha, on the banks of the river Ganges during the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata.Image Credit: AFP
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A passer-by takes pictures of Hindu priests performing traditional prayers in front of the idol of the ten-handed Hindu Goddess Durga.Image Credit: AFP
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Hindu devotees return after performing rituals with a traditionaly decorated banana tree wrapped in a sari symbolising the wife of Hindu god Ganesha, on the banks of the river Ganges.Image Credit: AFP
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