The government of Odisha has put a prohibition on congregation nears the river ghats to sail miniature boats or take bath on the occasion of Kartik Purnima on November 30. Special Relief Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy issued the order on Tuesday, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The state government also prohibited the famous Bali Yatra along with other congregations for the celebration of the upcoming festivals like Kartik Purnima and Bada Osha.

The violator of this order will be punished as per the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws set by the state government.

According to the Hindu calendar, five days of the Kartika are called Panchuka and considered to be special for worshipping. The last day is celebrated as Kartik Purnima and native of Odisha celebrate the maritime glory on this day.

On this day, the Odia devotees offer prayers to their ancestors, seeking their blessings. People also get together near water bodies to sail miniature boats with lamps early in the morning. Later, they celebrate a festival called Boita Bandana with firecrackers.

On the same day, the historic Bali Yatra festival starts on the banks of river Mahandi in Cuttack.

In Odisha, the overall tally of COVID-19 cased surged to 3,15,271 on Tuesday. As many as 642 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the state’s Information and Public Relation Department.