Kolkata: The transgender community in Kolkata celebrated Durga Puja with the idol of ‘Ardhanarishvara’. The unique idol of ‘Ardhanarishvara’ has not been immersed for four years and depicts the face of Lord Shiva on one side and Goddess Parvati on the other. “The idol depicts Parvati and Shiva. It has not been immersed for four years,” said Ranjeeta Sinha, a member of the association of Transgender.
“We are celebrating Durga Puja in Garima Griha given to us by the Central Government for the training purpose of the Transgender Community. We are happy to celebrate Durga Puja here following all COVID-19 protocols,” Ranjeeta added. The fervour and festivity surrounding Durga Pooja and Navratri started with Mahalaya on Wednesday.
The Calcutta High Court on Thursday issued new guidelines for Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal this year and ruled that those who have taken both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to enter the pandals.
The court has also said that Durga Puja committees can go ahead with the traditional Durga Puja rituals of ‘sindur khela’ and offering ‘anjali’ on the different days of the festival. Last year, these rituals had been prohibited as they involved community participation and crowding at the pandals.
The West Bengal government, for the second year in a row, has announced its decision to cancel the annual Durga Puja carnival, which involves the display of Kolkata’s top pandal themes in a parade before the idol immersion.