Though Shree Kamakshi temple at Shiroda has decided against holding Navratri and Dussehra celebrations this year owing to COVID-19 pandemic, many other prominent temples in Ponda have decided to go ahead with the Navratri and Dussehra celebrations with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) and restricted entries.
These temples include Shree Manguesh Devasthan, Mangueshi; Mahalaxmi Devasthan Bandora; Shantadurga Devasthan, Kavlem and Mahalasa Devasthan, Mardol.
Each temple has issued its own SOPs for the Navratri and Dussehra celebrations, wherein almost all temples have specified visiting hours for the devotees, while they have strictly restricted any offerings from the devotees to the deity.
Likewise, tirth and mahaprasad too have been stopped.
Most temple committees stated that all religious rituals related to Navratri and Dussehra will be performed.
Makhar, ‘palkhi’ procession and aartis will be part of the celebrations as usual during the Navratri and Dussehra, but people’s entry will be restricted during such rituals.
And, considering the SOPs that will be in place, almost all temples have made the provision for live ‘darshan’ of the festivities during the Navratri and Dussehra, and have urged the devotees to take benefit of the same.
“Though we are celebrating Navratri and Dussehra in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, festivities have been curbed this year; temple committee has decided to give entry to limited people during Dussehra,” general secretary of Shree Manguesh Devasthan Sudin Ambe said while speaking to this daily.
From Saturday, Manguesh temple will be opened for mukhdarshan for devotees but only for three hours from 3 pm to 6 pm, Ambe said.
He also informed that during Navratri live darshan of the deity will be made available for the devotees’ whole
It may be recalled that, owing to the COVID-19 situation in the state, the management of Shree Kamakshi temple in Shiroda has decided not to celebrate Navratri and Dussehra this year, and conveyed that the temple will remain closed for its devotees until further notice.
The temple committee has urged the devotees to opt for ‘live darshan’ on the temple website during the Navratri and Dussehra festivals.