“Darshan” and “Aarti” on your laptop or smartphone screens over Facebook live, “Pranami” over e-wallets and getting “Prasad” delivered at your doorsteps by app-based agents — welcome to the digitized Ganesh Puja. The city is likely to witness this due to the pandemic.
“We are living at a time where social distancing is the need of the hour and no matter how much we strive, we can never achieve it if we organize a Puja the traditional way. Hence, we have decided to go online this year, where we are not disclosing the place where the puja will take place but devotees across the world can see it live on Facebook from their homes. They can also pay donations online and people residing in Kolkata and Salt Lake can even place request for “Prasad”, which we will send them free of cost,” said Anindya Chatterjee, president of Yubak Sangha Club in Salt Lake.
Chatterjee added: “We have stepped on the 11th year and themed it on Grihokone Vinayak, which asks people to stay at home. The Prasad box will also have a mask along with the bhog.”
“There will be no pandal this year as we have planned to shift the puja inside our office. We will live stream the puja for club members,” said Pritam Dutta, president of Amra Kajon Club on Prince Anwar Shah Road.
“We have opened a page on Facebook and are in the process of adding our members and patrons,” said Arun Bhuwalka, who has been organising Ganesh Puja at Tara Chand Dutta Road since 2005. Ganesh puja organizers at Burrabazar and Posta, too, are going digital.
“We will open a YouTube channel where we will be live streaming the puja,” said Sachin Dandapit, a businessman in Burrabazar who has been organising Ganesh Puja since 1980.
Source: Times of India