Congress leader Shashi Tharoor praised the creative spirit of a Durga Puja committee based in Kolkata which has chosen the coronavirus theme for the five-day festival starting from October 22.
The picture depicts the goddess slaying the virus, a message, which Tharoor said was “brilliantly appropriate” amid the pandemic.
Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal have been declared no-entry zones for visitors, the Calcutta High Court said in an order that was delivered only three days before Bengal’s biggest festival.
Only organizers will be allowed inside the pandals, the court said, limiting the number to 25 for big pandals and 15 for the smaller ones in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
West Bengal – which has been seeing a record spike in its daily number for the past 2 weeks – has reported the second highest number of deaths among all states.