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New Delhi, Oct 3 : If Durga Puja is a time for prayers and reverence, its no less a time for celebration – for catching all the action in the city, and of course enjoying delicious food. Though Navratri in Delhi is nine days of fun, its best part is five nights of pandal hopping, during which you spot the most beautiful idol, the most innovative pandal, gorge on the best food and also enjoy endless rounds of shopping. Here’s a list of some interesting and must-visit pandals in Delhi.

Safdarjung Enclave:

The Matri Mandir Durga Puja pandal is one of the best puja pandals in Delhi. It thematic decor has won it many awards over the past years. Last year, the pandal was themed on “Women’s Empowerment” and had statues of renowned personalities like Mother Teresa and Lata Mangeskar.

Where: Matri Mandir Rd, Block B 2, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi

Nearest Metro stations: Green Park, RK Puram Sector 1 and Bhikaji Kama Palace.

Kashmere Gate:

Going back to 1910, this is one of the oldest pandals in Delhi. Organised under the aegis of the Delhi Durga Puja Charitable and Cultural Samiti, the pandals here have retained their classic simplicity and traditional Durga idol.

Where: Bengali Sr. Sec School, Alipur Road, New Delhi

Nearest Metro station: Kashmere Gate

Chittaranjan Park:

Delhi’s own mini Bengal cannot be given a miss during Navratri, when it is soaked in cultural revelry. The four main Durga puja pandals in the area are buzzing with people enjoying the cultural extravaganza that spills on to the roads during these five nights. CP Park is a must-visit during this time if you want to savour authentic Bengali delicacies.

Where Mandir Complex, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi

Nearest Metro: Nehru Place, GK 1

Aram Bagh, RK Ashram:

The Aram Bagh Durga Puja pandal is known for its thematic decor made by artisans, often brought from Bangladesh. Its jute-based eco-friendly pandal two years ago was much loved. The celebrations here are traditional, but with a modern twist. They also hold Rabindra Sangeet and recitation competition for children. And of course, a there’s a lot of good food.

Where: 2033, Chitragupta Rd, Type 3, Block B, Aram Bagh, Jhandewalan, New Delhi

Nearest Metro: R.K Ashram

Timarpur and Civil Lines:

The century old Timarpur Durga Pujo pandal is where you can experience a typical Kolkata vibe seeped in the city’s culture, art and of course food.

Where: 33, Rajpur Road, Civil Lines

Nearest Metro: Civil Lines

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Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday announced to increase the penalty on gathering of more than 100 people at marriages from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000.

Chairing a meeting to review the steps taken to contain COVID spread in the state, he said administration and police personnel should take rounds in the market to ensure all due protocols are being followed with due care in reference to night curfew announced on Saturday as well as to ensure that set number of people’s limit is not crossed.

The wedding organisers should also be updated in this context that more than 100 people are not permitted in the wedding function, he added.

District collectors, superintendents of police and other senior officials have been given responsibility to ensure night curfew norms are maintained in eight districts as announced and not more than 100 people are gathered in the crowd. Every person should wear masks and social distancing norms should also be followed, the Chief Minister said.

Notably, the state government announced night curfew in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Alwar, Udaipur, Alwar and Ajmer.

Also the penalty for those not wearing masks was increased to Rs 500 from Rs 200 on Saturday.

The Chief Minister on Sunday said that the state government’s major objective is to save lives of people.

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While the video is not clear and is not audible properly due to connection issues, Riyaz replied: “Covid is still going on. Like, a crazy thing is going on.”

To this, Bieber admitted: “Yes, it is pretty crazy.”

He asked if people are wearing masks, to which Riyaz said: “yes”.

“Damn!” Bieber exclaimed.

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