Will SC decide 'muhurat' for performing 'puja' this Diwali?
Lucknow: The festival of lights, Diwali, is around the corner and like always this year too Supreme Court of India has issued new rules and regulations to keep a check on air-pollution caused by firecrackers.
A slab of 2 hours has been given to celebrate the occasion by bursting crackers only from 8pm-10pm. This cut on time can surely reduce air pollution but what if the auspicious beginning for 'Laxmi puja' falls in this appointed 'muhurat' making people to shift the celebration post 10pm.
On Tuesday, Supreme Court said that this Diwali people can burst low-emission crackers for two hours, between 8pm and 10pm. Whereas, on Christmas and New Year eve, firecrackers can be burst between 11:55pm and 12:30am. It also said that the firecrackers should not be too noisy or polluting.
While giving such circulars it seems like SC didn't take account of some rituals related to Diwali celebration. One major concern is What if panchang of Hindu's and SC doesn't match for diwali celebration?
It is highly anticipated that many people will be performing 'Laxmi Puja' at that hour of the night, pushing the time for firecracker bursting after 10pm. This can marred the festive mood of many people.
It is to be mentioned that Diwali in India is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm, decorating city with lights and decorative items. People celebrate it with exchanging gifts and sweets and also burst firecrackers to mark the home-coming of Lord Ram to his home-city Ayodhya after '14-years of vanvas' (exile).