Tucked within the Bondel Gate locality of South Kolkata, close to Ballygunge Phari, the well-known Amitabh Bachchan temple of the town won’t see the same old October 11 bonhomie this 12 months, owing to the continued pandemic. Relatively, because the Bollywood icon turns 78 on Sunday, the temple founders have organised a digital meet the place Massive B is scheduled to work together along with his Prolonged Household, or EF as he loves calling them, in the midst of the day.
The birthday of Amitabh Bachchan, or “Guru” as followers in Kolkata like to name their beloved star, is the 12 months’s largest do on the temple yearly. There’s hom yagna and the ritualistic puja. Bhog prasad is obtainable to the ‘deity’ and, after all, cake reducing occurs. Festive fervour on October 11 has been a norm because the temple was inaugurated in 2001.
This 12 months, issues are completely different owing to Covid. Massive B’s birthday celebrations and rituals will occur, however in a restrained method. Solely core members of the temple will take part and, in contrast to different years, no outsider shall be allowed, preserving social distancing and Covid precaution protocol in thoughts.
“We’re doing a digital Google meet on his birthday the place Sir will even participate. We had invited him and he has replied saying he’ll participate for some time. The meet will happen from 12midday to 2pm along with his EF (prolonged household) from the world over. We will even invite filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, comic Raju Srivastava, and singer Sudesh Bhosale,” temple founder Sanjay Patodiya advised IANS.
“This 12 months Guru’s birthday is particular as a result of he has fought coronavirus and defeated it. He proved he’s a real fighter,” he added.
Elaborating on the plan of motion this 12 months, Patodiya revealed: “As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, we aren’t inviting folks for celebration this time. The temple shall be adorned and cake reducing shall be achieved within the presence of 15 to 20 crore members solely. Like yearly, we’ll supply him bhog, carry out pooja for his dad and mom first after which for him, after which learn out the Amitabh Chaalisa, after which we’ll minimize the birthday cake.”
He defined the idea of Amitabh Chaalisa: “It’s like Hanuman Chaalisa, the place we sing praises of Amitabh sir and his achievements.”
This 12 months, the temple members are distributing a 1000 masks, 1000 bottles of sanitisers and dry ration to 200 folks in Bachchan’s identify.