BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Durga Puja is here, but so is coronavirus. The virus shows no sign of slowing down and now the Calcutta High Court has declared that Durga Puja pandals will be no-entry zones for visitors. Only organisers will be allowed inside the pandals, the court said, limiting the number to 25 for big pandals and 15 for the smaller ones in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The Calcutta High Court also declared that small pandals would have a barricade of 5 metres and large pandals would have to maintain a barricade of 10 metres.
But then, devotees can also watch puja online. Advertising agency Planmyad has created a virtual platform called ePujo.in that will enable the masses to mill around the Durga pandals virtually. This online platform allow virtual pandal-hopping experience and is free for the public.
ePujo is loaded with a lot of features offering exciting services and facilities guaranteeing an
enriching festival experience. The virtual platform will entail a 360-degree walk-through of
over 80 highly acclaimed pandals containing the idols, in addition to exclusive pictures and
videos of the entire tour. The demonstration will feature interesting tit-bits of some of the
favourite venues of worship, including some housing societies known for their tradition. ePujo is also organizing some eye-catching events to keep you thoroughly entertained until the very last day. An eclectic mix of musical shows and performances will enhance your festive mood. The exhibitions are a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Apart from the pandal-hopping, one can also experience Banga Rap video with Cizzy, dhaki and DJ jugalbandi by Subspace, 360-degree dance collaboration of Break Guruz and CKN dance troops and stand-up comedy show by Priyam Ghosh.
Supporting the initiative Tollywood actress Tnusree Chakraborty said, “I will ask everyone to
take the requisite precautionary measures and maintain social distance during this festive
season. I request my fans to enjoy this year’s festivities with e-Pujo that will bring the ethos of Durga Puja right to your home. Keep yourself and your family safe and engage in a novel experience of celebrating Durga Puja through this free virtual platform.”