Varanasi, March 26 -- Priests in Varanasi found a way out amid lockdown by performing puja for their yajmaans (clients) at their own home and seeking dakshina (donation) for self by sending video of the ceremony on WhatsApp.

Convener of the Vipra Samaj, an organisation that arranges Batukas and Brahmins, Acharya Pawan Shukla, said: "The pandits are strictly following the preventive measures to avoid coronavirus infection. They are living in their homes and following social distancing but since life must go on, they are performing puja of Maa Durga at their homes. They record the video of puja on their mobile and sending it to clients. Later, 'dakshina' is accepted online."

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