West Bengal, the state which is known for its culture and heritage is still recovering from the devastation by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and cyclone Yaas.
Several puja committees in the state have decided to give out a portion of their this year's budget for humanitarian causes.
One of the most popular pujas in the city, Samajsebi Sangha Durga Puja has said that they would bear one year's educational and medical expenses of ten children that were orphaned due to the second wave of Covid-19 as part of its project 'Sneho'.
Samajsebi Sangha said that Durga Puja is all about serving humanity and theyx have decided to avoid all the pomp and show this Durga puja.
Arijit Moitra, the committee's general secretary has told the news agency Press Trustof India, "Our members have unanimously decided to chip in for 10 such children... those deprived of 'sneho' (affection) by a sudden cruel blow of fate."
Debashis Kumar, the MLA of Rasbehari, while praising the initiative has said Goddess Durga will be happier if the puja organisers reach out to the poor and the needy.
The MLA had even promised to extend all the possible support and help to the Samajsebi puja committee.
The College Square Durga Puja committee, an another popular puja will be distributing books and toys to the children in the Sundarbans region where two cyclones have inflicted disruption in the course of one year.
The Bhawanipore 75 Pally has also decided to come forward to help the 'Chhau' artistes of Purulia district, who have been badly hit by the the Covid induced lockdown.
'Chhau' is a traditional dance form in the state, where the performers retells the episodes of Ramayana, Mahabharata and the puranas, wearing colourful costumes and masks.
Subir Das, the secretary of Bhawanipore 75 Pally has said, "Many artistes, craftsmen are facing financial hardships as festivals and fairs have been called off across the country amidst the pandemic. We will do our bit to help at least some of them."
Durga Puja across the country will start from October 11 and will last till October 15, 2021.