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Navratri: Gujarat govt allows for prasad distribution in packets

The state cabinet in a meeting held on Wednesday has decided to allow distribution of prasad during public worship events in Navratri.  Earlier the Gujarat government had while announcing the guidelines for Navratri and other festivals allowed for holding public aarti (worship) but the distribution of prasad or offerings were banned.  Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja...

Double standards: Gujarat fears COVID-19 spread during Navratri but not in election rallies!

The debate over the government’s double standards as far as Navratri and elections are concerned is picking up after the state announced that it will not allow for any Navratri Garba celebrations this year. Although the state has allowed public worship of idols during Navratri subject to certain conditions, many are pointing out to the...

Navratri: Ahmedabad doctors seek action against defamatory posts about them

Several doctors in the city have filed a complaint with the cyber cell of the city police over some unparliamentary comments and threats made against them by artists in the state over Navratri. The war of words between the doctors and artists in Gujarat happened after the former wrote to the government urging it not...

No Garba but here are detailed guidelines if you want to organise Navratri aarti in Gujarat

The state government on Friday said that it will not allow for any big or small Garba events during Navratri. It has however allowed for events that provide people with a space for the public worship of the goddess during Navratri, Dussehra and Diwali. This is, however, subject to certain conditions. The state on Friday...

Gujarat govt’s guidelines: No public Garba this Navratri, worship allowed subject to conditions

The Gujarat government has announced the guidelines for the upcoming festivals of Navratri, Diwali and Dussehra. The state has clarified that no public Garba will be organised nor will big Garba events be allowed.  It has, however, allowed the worship of idols in public places but the idols or pictures of the goddess cannot be...

Navratri: Guj govt makes important announcement

The state government has decided not to hold state-level Navratri celebrations this year. This many feel could be a prelude to the state banning any big Navratri celebration at party plots and garba venues because of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. Gujarat has been recording a rise in COVID-19 cases with the state...

Garba association in Rajkot wants govt to allow Garba classes

The Garba Association in Rajkot has written to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to allow Garba classes to function in the state. It said the livelihood of over 5,000 people is closely associated with Garba classes in the city and district. It also said that the classes can also be a good way to help relieve...