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Thane civic body issues guidelines for Navratri celebration | Thane News – Times of India

THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has urged citizens to celebrate the nine-day festival of Navratri in a ‘simple’ manner in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival starts from October 7 and will go on up to October 15.

TMC commissioner Dr Vipin Sharma told TOI, “We have encouraged all mandals to arrange online darshan. Physical darshan is not completely banned, but we request people to avoid it as much as possible.”

It will be mandatory for mandals to set up pandals and to take prior online permission from Thane Municipal Corporation for community Navratri celebrations. At pandals, only five people can be allowed for physical darshan at any given time, the circular states.

The guidelines added that while organizing aarti, bhajan, kirtan or other religious programmes, sufficient care should be taken to avoid crowds and not to violate the provisions of the prevailing order of Break the Chain in accordance with the SOPs of Covid-19.

Not more than ten workers or devotees should be present in the mandap during the aarti of the Goddess, and those present should strictly follow the rules regarding masks and social distancing, the guidelines state.

The TMC appealed to organisations to hold blood donation camps or create public awareness regarding vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue, instead of organising garba events.

The guidelines further state that idols of Goddess should not be more than 4 feet high for public circles and 2 feet high for domestic idols.

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