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Goddess Durga Turns Destroyer Of Coronavirus In This COVID-Themed Durga Puja, Shashi Tharoor Praises It As, ‘Brilliantly Appropriate’

In pictures, a Durga Puja COVID-theme pandal showcasing goddess Durga in a unique avatar, here’s why everyone is loving it

Goddess Durga Turns Destroyer Of Coronavirus In This COVID-Themed Durga Puja, Shashi Tharoor Praises It As, ‘Brilliantly Appropriate’
Highlights
  • So far, West Bengal has reported more than 3 lakh cases of coronavirus
  • Due to the pandemic, Calcutta High Court has put out many restrictions
  • Durga Puja pandals have been declared no-entry zones for visitors

New Delhi: No crowds, no pandal-hopping – Kolkata is getting ready for an unusual pujo season this year amid coronavirus crisis. But this has not dampened the spirits of the artists. Despite many restrictions due to the pandemic, artists and organizers are finding a silver lining by incorporating COVID-19 as the theme.

One such creativity comes from a Kolkata Pujo Pandal where the artist has shown goddess Durga as a doctor wearing a doctor’s coat and equipped with a stethoscope, killing demon Mahisasur depicted as novel coronavirus. Moreover, instead of the traditional trident, the goddess is seen holding a giant syringe as her weapon of choice.

Along with this, the artist has also shown the goddess’s four children as other frontline COVID-warriors – Ganesh has been portrayed as a police officer, Lakshmi as a nurse, Saraswati as a teacher and Kartik is represented as a sanitation worker.

Also Read: Top Doctors Back Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s COVID-19 Caution Amid Festive Season

The post showcasing the artist’s work was shared originally by a Facebook user and since then it has spread across social media and has garnered many praises, including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Sharing picture, Mr Tharoor praised the creative spirit of a Durga Puja committee based in Kolkata which has chosen coronavirus theme for the five-day festival starting from October 22. He said,

Brilliantly appropriate #covid19-themed Durga Puja creativity from Kolkata, with the goddess slaying the virus! Salutations to the unknown designer & sculptor #DurgaPuja2020.

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From the time it has been shared on social media by the user it has gained more than 7,000 likes and has been shared more than 77,000 times.

https://www.facebook.com/nittya.paul.39/posts/718404692364807

Many other social media users also gave a big thumbs up to the creativity.

https://twitter.com/HindolSengupta/status/1318131098547675136?s=20

Many doctors also shared the post on their respective social media. An ENT Surgeon said,

What a beautiful way to show respect to Corona Warriors- Doctors, nurses, policemen, cleaners and ambulance workers. Mahishasur is Corona virus! How creative. Hope Ma Durga helps us overcome this pandemic and everyone remains safe and healthy.

Also Read: Festivals Amid COVID-19 Outbreak: Experts Warn Against ‘Pandemic Fatigue’ To Avoid A Spurt In Cases During Festive Season

Moupali Das, Doctor and Researcher added,

Kolkata’s pandals are always so topical and on point. Ma Durga as a doctor fighting coronavirus.

In West Bengal, Durga Puja pandals have been declared no-entry zones for visitors by the Calcutta High Court on October 19 in an order that was delivered before Bengal’s biggest festival. As per the order, this time, only organisers will be allowed inside the pandals, limiting the number to 25 for big pandals and 15 for the smaller ones in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

Also Read: We Have To Be More Careful About COVID-19 In Winter: NITI Aayog

In terms of coronavirus cases, currently, West Bengal has been seeing record spike in its daily number of cases for the past two weeks. The state has a COVID-tally of more than 3 lakh cases, of which, more than 35,000 cases remain active and the death count has reached 6,244.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.  

World

26,43,68,460Cases
22,50,84,762Active
3,40,45,666Recovered
52,38,032Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,43,68,460 and 52,38,032 have died; 22,50,84,762 are active cases and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm.

India

3,46,15,757 9,216Cases
99,976 213Active
3,40,45,666 8,612Recovered
4,70,115 391Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,15,757 confirmed cases including 4,70,115 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,976 and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,37,221 796

10,882 180

64,85,290 952

1,41,049 24

Kerala

51,51,919 4,700

45,030 252

50,66,034 4,128

40,855 320

Karnataka

29,96,833 363

6,772 169

29,51,845 191

38,216 3

Tamil Nadu

27,28,350 715

8,155 45

26,83,691 748

36,504 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,252 159

2,138 11

20,56,670 169

14,444 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,417 12

93 1

16,87,413 11

22,911

West Bengal

16,17,408 657

7,690 22

15,90,208 667

19,510 12

Delhi

14,41,190 217

307 21

14,15,785 196

25,098

Odisha

10,49,597 252

2,211 26

10,38,971 276

8,415 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,870 37

328 12

9,92,949 25

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,827 21

213 10

9,45,659 11

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,570 50

318 25

8,17,158 24

10,094 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,199 12

128 4

7,82,543 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,760 27

178 9

7,61,528 18

10,054

Bihar

7,26,230 5

32 0

7,16,534 4

9,664 1

Telangana

6,76,376 189

3,680 50

6,68,701 137

3,995 2

Assam

6,17,163 124

2,535 77

6,08,517 198

6,111 3

Punjab

6,03,352 32

344 13

5,86,402 18

16,606 1

Jharkhand

3,49,271 15

95 1

3,44,035 13

5,141 1

Uttarakhand

3,44,325 22

182 4

3,36,735 18

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,263 177

1,697 10

3,31,089 167

4,477

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,354 85

835 29

2,22,669 113

3,850 1

Goa

1,79,046 56

367 40

1,75,295 16

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,765 315

3,717 55

1,31,545 368

503 2

Puducherry

1,28,998 33

299 10

1,26,826 23

1,873

Manipur

1,25,269 33

663 4

1,22,627 28

1,979 1

Tripura

84,835 15

94 6

83,916 8

825 1

Meghalaya

84,534 24

296 2

82,764 25

1,474 1

Chandigarh

65,475 4

65 1

64,590 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,285 6

36 1

54,969 5

280

Sikkim

32,267 15

137 10

31,727 5

403

Nagaland

32,128 3

128 5

31,302 6

698 2

Ladakh

21,642 41

306 21

21,122 20

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 1

10,679 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,397 1

18 8

10,328 9

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,686 3

7 2

7,550 1

129

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