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