The ‘Boita Bandana’ celebrations in the state were dampened due to the COVID19 pandemic as strict restrictions were imposed. The Government had banned mass congregation of the devotees to avoid possible spread of the infection.
Bindusagar in Bhubaneswar mostly remained without any visitors. In Puri, the Pancha Tirtha’ or the five ponds Indradyumna, Markanda, Narendra, Swetha Ganga and Mahodadhi remained out of bounds for the visitors.
Boita Bandana is celebrated to honour Odisha’s rich maritime history.