In a first for Delhi, no Durga idol is im­mersed in Ya­muna

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - Jas­jeev.Gand­hiok @times­group.com

New Delhi: Prob­a­bly for the first time since Durga puja cel­e­bra­tions be­gan in Delhi over 100 years ago, city au­thor­i­ties en­sured that no idol was im­mersed in the Ya­muna by set­ting up mul­ti­ple bar­ri­cades at all routes to the city’s pop­u­lar ghats.

Trucks bring­ing idols or peo­ple com­ing in cars and bikes to “of­fer prayers” to the Ya­muna on Tues­day had to make their way to the near­est idol im­mer­sion pit cre­ated by the Delhi govern­ment.

Po­lice teams were posted at each en­trance to var­i­ous river­side ghats and even at bridges over the river. Each passerby or ve­hi­cle that slowed down in a bid to en­ter the ghat was sim­ply asked to “not pol­lute the Ya­muna” and move to the near­est pit.

Un­like pre­vi­ous years when puja sami­tis were al­lot­ted space at ghats, this year they were told to carry out “eco-friendly” im­mer­sions at de­signed spots only.

Devo­tees im­merse an idol of god­dess Durga in an im­mer­sion pit

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