Guwahati: The pandemic has dampened the Puja spirit this year with artisans facing the maximum heat with fewer sales. The Government of Assam has issued the SOP for puja celebration and with less numbers of puja pandals this year, the idol makers also faced crisis amid the pandemic.
The artisans in Assam especially in Guwahati who survived with the business of idols have faced severe financial problems as maximum orders for Durga Puja has come for small idols.
As the Durga Puja committees have been asked only to perform the rituals with minimum people by the state government, the committees have ordered for smaller idols. “This year there will be no theme pujas unlike the other years and therefore we are getting orders only for smaller idols. The committees will only perform the puja rituals for which they need only small idols. This time the numbers of orders are also less. Last year we made 35 idols but this year we got only 20 orders for idols, so we are facing financial problems,” said one of the idol makers in Pandu