ANGUL:The famous Vishwakarma puja in Nalco Nagar this year is going with a very low key affair due to restrictions imposed by the Nalco authorities. in view of coronavirus.
Each year,Vishwakarma Puja is being celebrated in the city with much fanfare with thousands of people going into Nalco Nagar to see the puja.
Each year, Nalco township wore a Beautiful look with lights and decorations with high illuminated gates came up everywhere.As many as 23 pandals erected in previous years in the township with each mandap(pandal) spent around Rs 10 lakhs or above.
Employees of Nalco are involved in this festival.Each of the employees donate money for decoration and other arrangements during the festival.The employees deduct amount from their monthly salary for the celebration once in a year.
But this year ,the puja has been completely banned at Nalco Nagar owing to the restriction imposed by Nalco authorities due to coronavirus.The authorities have decided not to use idols for Viswakarma puja.It was decided that instead of the idols outside the plant area,this year the Nalco employees will worship the image of Lord Viswakarma only in their concerned departments with strict Covid guidelines.
The puja is being celebrated in a lacklustre manner as per the decision of the Nalco authorities. This year there is no puja pandal with themes from various mythological and modern subjects nor any illuminated gates.
Hrishikesh Mishra,a Nalco employee said,”We are simply worshipping Lord Viswakarma in our respective departments with very few members present during the puja inside with no light,no decoration, no sound,no devotees but with only puja maintaining with proper Covid guidelines”
This year, there will be no devotees to the mandap,feast nor any cultural functions in Nalco Nagar.,he said.
The celebration in nalco nagar has become a tradition for us for the past 30 years here.The Nalco employees believe that Lord Viswakarma is the protector of the Nalco plant and its employees.
All officers,employees and workers of Nalco offer prayers to Lord Viswakarma, the divine architect, for safe conditions in the plant. Artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, welders, officers and all other workers of both Captive Power Plant(CPP) and Smelter Plant offer prayers to Lord Viswakarma to ensure smooth functioning of machine parts and their tools".