Amid the rising coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Gujarat and other parts of the country, the Vijay Rupani-led government in the state has decided to not organise Navratri festival this year.
“The nine-day traditional state-level Navratri festival, organised by the state government every year will not be celebrated in the larger public interest due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation this year,” an official communique quoted CM Rupani as saying.
However, the government has not yet clarified its stand on whether Navratri celebrations, marked by ‘garba’ dance, will be allowed to be organised by individuals.
The festival was supposed to be held between October 17 and October 25.
The government’s decision comes at a time when the state has reported over 1.3 lakh confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 3,400 deaths.
The state-level garba function, held at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad every year, was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was chief minister of Gujarat.
The PM had participated in the festival last year and performed ‘aarti’ at the GMDC ground.