Durga Puja grabs much attention of medja as Bollywood's celebrated Mukherjee family has been organising it for many years.
Durga Puja of the North Bombay Sarbojanin is all set to go virtual in the view of the highly contagious Covid-19 pandemic for the second consecutive year.
The members of the Mukherjee family joins the puja festivities including the veteran Bollywood star Tanuja with her daughters Kajol and Tanish Mukherjee, niece Rani Mukherjee and nephew, the filmmaker Ayan Mukherjee, among others.
The extended Mukherjee family includes the actor and husband of Kajol, Ajay Devgn and Bollywood and TV actor Mohnish Bahl.
The North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti members have chosen to take their festivities to the people through live streaming and social media platforms.
The rising key concern for the Samiti was that the crowded puja pandal may turn out to be super spreaders of the virus in the city that has just officially opened up its public spaces and events.
Deb Mukherjee, the actor and father of Ayan Mukherjee said, "This is the second year we are doing a virtual Durga Puja. We have to maintain social distancing and wear masks, so we are not letting a lot of people come in. It is only for members. "
He added that the keeping the safety of everyone in mind, going virtual will be the best decision to make and even the members are allotted a time slot for visiting the puja pandal.
The Samiti has also scaled down the goddess idol to 4 feet and 6 feet with the 'mukut' and senior citizens have been requested to stay at home.
The Samiti members are allowed to visit the puja pandal in small batches following the Covid-19 guildelines.
Te daily 'bhog' and flowers are being strictly prohibited for outsiders to ensure minimum physical contact.
And two hours have been allotted for the morning 'pushpanjali' without flowers and another two hours for the evening 'aarti' for samiti members only.