As the festival of Navratri draws to a close with Dussehra on Friday, a number of key rituals such as Navratri havan and Kumari Pujan are performed in Devi Mandals and Durga Puja Pandals on Thursday.
The puja pandal played vermilion and the other rituals of Ravana Dahan on Dussehra, however, the final thrive will cap Vijaya Dashami.
The Bengali community on Wednesday at 11.30 pm came for the Sandhi Puja and other rituals.
Although, this year the number of people were less than in previous years.
Sandhi Puja and key rituals marks the end of Maha Ashtami and Maha Navami of Durga Puja.
The ritual came to life in Kandivali, Maharashtra where Kriti Durga Puja is located in a village set-up.
Spokesperson, Arindam Dasgupta said, “Our mandap is built around a banyan tree which looks like a hut. Accordingly the idol looks like a village."
He added that the puja pandal is located in the Shogun Hall as the regular holding of events at the open space maintains it.
Arindam said that otherwise it will be difficult to keep up to the Covid guidelines.
Kriti Durga Puja will not host celebrity artistes but has organized in-house events to give name to young talent.
The 25 years old Durga Puja of Koparkhairane Bengali Association (KKBA) in Navi Mumbai, Shetkari Samaj Mandir permits only the people who have taken both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Secretary of the Association, PU Mitra said, “We have created a special waiting area with fans for elderly devotees, who have been vaccinated, so they are at ease.”
In the Durga Puja of Amra Prabasi Trust of Nerul, only visitors who have taken both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are being allowed to visit.
Maha Ashtami and Maha Navami ‘Anjali’ was scheduled in batches for the purpose of social distancing and Covid-19 guildelines.