The Uddhav Thackeray-led authorities has allowed a free entry for two days at Raigad Fort for all of the guests on the event of Shiva Jayanti. On request of Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Shinde, Archaeological Department has additionally stored the gates opened for 24 hours for the worshippers. However, the vacationers are allowed on the fort from 7 am to five pm.
In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the state authorities had banned processions and cultural-religious packages and urged individuals to have a easy celebration this yr. The processions, bike rallies needs to be prevented and cultural packages needs to be telecast via cable networks or on-line platforms as a substitute of holding them in public, the guidelines stated.
Moreover, statues or portraits of Shivaji Maharaj could be garlanded within the presence of a most of 10 individuals by observing social distancing, the federal government stated.
Shiv Jayanti, the start anniversary of the long-lasting Seventeenth-century ruler, is widely known with nice fervour within the state. Shivaji Maharaj was born on February 19, 1630, on the Shivneri fort in Pune district and other people collect on that and different forts in giant numbers on the midnight of February 18 yearly, the official assertion famous.
But this time, the revellers gathering at forts (constructed by Shivaji Maharaj) at the midnight of February 18, have been suggested to maintain the celebration low key. Blood donation camps and packages to unfold consciousness about COVID-19, malaria, dengue and different ailments needs to be organized whereas observing social distancing, the rules suggested.
BJP, nevertheless, criticised the MVA authorities’s transfer to limit Shiv Jayanti celebrations, saying the identical authorities didn’t impose any restrictions on occasions such because the lately held Elgar Parishad. The opposition celebration additionally alleged that on the subject of reopening liquor retailers or selling nightlife, the state authorities appears to be not giving a lot thought to the pandemic.
After this, the state authorities was compelled to amend the rules imposed earlier and has allowed a gathering of round 100 individuals on the day.