The burning of Ravana effigy marks the culmination of Dusshera festivities, however, this year too due to the Covid-19 pandemic the event will be held virtually in Cuttack.
On October 15, the Ravana Podi event in Cuttack will be held from evening 8 PM to 9 PM and people can watch it live through a digital feed such as Facebook Live and on YouTube, Barabati Sarbadharma Sanskrutika Parisad has announced.
The state government has also issued new unlock guidelines where the night curfew has been extended between 10 pm and 5 am for a month from October 1 to November 1, 2021 in all urban areas of the state.
Moreover, the night curfew in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be imposed from 8 pm to 5 am from October 11 to October 20.
“All religious festivals/functions will be observed in restricted manner, considering the local Covid situation. District authorities will take the decision and may impose restrictions to the entry of devotees into religious place or place of worship,” the order had stated.
The Odisha government has also prohibited the sale and use of firecrackers during the festive season.
“With a view to protecting the health of general public and to curb the spread of infection, sale and use of firecrackers shall remain prohibited during this festive month,” read the state government order.