Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the Hindu community, began on Thursday with Maha Sashthi puja at temples across the country in a scaled-back manner due to coronavirus Covid-I9 pandemic.
The five-day festival starts with 'Bodhon' of the Goddess Durga marking Sashthi while the festival will come to an end with the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga in the nearby rivers and water bodies across the country on October 26.
This year, no visitor can enter puja mandaps after the evening during Durga Puja due to the coronavirus prevalence.
There will also no Kumari Puja at any puja mandap in the capital this time.
Besides, there will be no distribution of hotchpotch or anything like this among devotees at any of the mandaps except prasad or puja offerings where fruits and sweets are served.
At the same time, there will be no procession during the immersion of idols this year.
The main programmes of Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami and Maha Nabami will be telecast live by several television channels from 10:45am every day.