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Devotees not allowed at Delhi puja pandals, bhog makes the journey to their homes

Written by Ashna Butani
| New Delhi |

Up to date: October 24, 2020 9:51:23 am


In the meantime, on the temple gates, many who hoped to enter and have the bhog inside like earlier than, had been left disillusioned.

Like yearly, a workforce of cooks put together bhog in a firepit in a brief shed behind the Kali Mandir in Chittaranjan Park throughout Durga Puja. However for the primary time, this yr, bhog shouldn’t be served to hundreds of individuals seated contained in the pandal, however personally delivered by e-rickshaws — the designated ‘bhog supply vans’.

On Saptami morning, the aroma of pulao and shahi paneer stuffed up the shed. Cook dinner Sushant Dev Sharma (41), who heads a workforce of six, mentioned the preparations are the identical as yearly. “However this time, it’s not instantly served. We ship it a room the place the bhog is first packed,” he mentioned.

Three staff, who waited outdoors the shed with trolleys, carried the cooked dishes to the Vivekananda Centenary Library, contained in the temple premises, the place the meals is then packed in metallic tiffin containers having separate compartments for pulao, paneer, kheer, dal, and chutney. The packing began at eight am.

Sreebash Bhattacharjee, Secretary, Kali Mandir Society, mentioned, “Since we aren’t permitting folks to enter the premises, we determined to ship the bhog to their properties. Individuals register on our web site and provides us their deal with in order that we are able to get them delivered. At this time, there are 850 deliveries.”

The price of bhog has additionally gone up — from Rs 1,200 final yr to Rs 1,500 now. Bhattacharjee attributed this to price of the tiffin packing containers. The society has bought 2,000 tiffin packing containers from an organization in Mumbai.

Round 30 e-rickshaws had been lined up contained in the mandir, every with a capability to hold 25 tiffins.

Organisers mentioned that a lot of the deliveries are to close by areas. Nonetheless, some folks, who keep distant, will come and choose it up from a close-by market place.

Prasad (52), an e-rickshaw driver, mentioned he did many deliveries on Sashti too. “A boy with an inventory of names and addresses accompanies me… Yesterday, we delivered round 20 and got here again with 4 since no one opened the door in a couple of homes,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, on the temple gates, many who hoped to enter and have the bhog inside like earlier than, had been left disillusioned.

Jayanti Ganguli (72), who got here from Patparganj, mentioned, “No person knowledgeable us that the temple gates are shut. I didn’t know in regards to the bhog registration both. That is the primary time in years that I will be unable to wish to the Goddess…”

Nonetheless, Rumi Mitra (48), a resident of CR Park obtained the bhog with a smile. She mentioned, “Covid scenario has given us all a motive to introspect and worship from residence. Possibly Maa wished us to rejoice this fashion for a change.”

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