Covid guidelines go for a toss during Dasehra celebrations in Amritsar

Covid guidelines go for a toss during Dasehra celebrations in Amritsar

Artistes take part in the Dasehra celebrations at Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 15

Ravan Dahan marked Dasehra celebrations here today. Hundreds turned out to watch Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad go up in flames after an year due to the Covid pandemic.

Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni was the chief guest at the celebrations held at Durgiana Temple, while former Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal was the chief guest at the celebrations held in Ranjit Avenue.

Demons meet their nemesis: Ramlila artistes take part in the Dasehra celebrations at the Durgiana Temple ground and residents watch the effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran go up in flames in Amritsar on Friday. Photos: Sunil Kumar

Soni while addressing the gathering at Durgiana Temple said, “Dashera festival reminds all that only good deeds of a person are remembered.” The celebrations at Ranjit Avenue were completely political as former minister and ex-MLA from Amritsar North Anil Joshi, former ministers Bikram Singh Majithia and Daljit Verka were present on the stage.

The highlight of the celebrations was floats/tableaux prepared by Ramleela committees depicting significance of the festival.

Apart from Durgiana Temple and Ranjit Avenue, effigies were also burnt at Trillium Mall, Verka, Chheharta, Majitha Road, bypass and Ram Nagar Colony, Islamabad.

Despite restricted celebrations allowed by the administration in wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, no guidelines were followed at venues as crowds of people were seen without face masks. All venues were overcrowded. This was despite clear instructions that only half of the capacity of venues was to be utilised during Dasehra celebrations. Social distancing too went for a toss as unregulated crowd thronged venues.

Celebration held in Tarn Taran as well

Tarn Taran: Dasehra was celebrated in Tarn Taran with great traditional fervour. The bazaars and shops, particularly that of sweets, utensils and fruits, were colourfully decorated. People in large numbers gathered to see the effigies of demon king Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad go up in flames at the local Dasehra ground on Friday. Tarn Taran MLA Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri, put the effigies on fire. Effigies were also burnt in Patti. OC

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