Through the petition filed by the oldest puja committee of Cuttack has sought the court’s intervention to ensure maintenance of the traditional height of the Durga idol of 5 feet 2”
Cuttack, Sep 17: The Orissa High Court preferred not to interfere with the August 9 guidelines of the State Government by rejecting a petition of Cuttack Balubazaar Puja Committee seeking relaxation in capping on Durga idol heights for the upcoming ‘dussehra’ on Friday.
Through the petition filed by the oldest puja committee of Cuttack has sought the court’s intervention to ensure maintenance of the traditional height of the Durga idol of 5 feet 2” against the Odisha Government’s direction to restrict the same to 4 feet.
The committee had argued before the height of the idols has nothing to do with the spread of the Covid and the same amounts to interference with the traditional practise continuing since the visit of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Cuttack.
On the other hand the State Counsel in submission to court said that limiting the height of the idols is a state-wide restriction imposed well ahead of the making of idols this year.
Last year the HC had allowed nine puja committees to complete idols of more than four feet height as they had already started making them, he added.
Following the HC’s rejection of the petition the puja committees in the Cuttack now will have to limit the height of the Durga idols this festive season to 4 feet. The same will reduce crowding during celebration as well as immersion believes the government.