PANDU, Oct 3 – Hectic activities and preparations are on in the Pandu-Maligaon area of greater Guwahati to celebrate Durga Puja.This year there will be 70 community pujas and each puja celebration committee is striving to draw public attention by working on innovative themes. The Rest Camp Puja is arguably the most attractive puja in the State which draws lakhs of devotees every year. With a budget of Rs 17 lakh, the idol of Goddess Durga is being made by noted artisan Amar Paul of Kolkata. Lighting arrangements are being installed by professionals from Chandannagar, West Bengal. The most spectacular item will be the presentation of the 51 holy peeths of the subcontinent.
The Maligaon Kalibari Puja is entering its 63rd year. With a budget of Rs 12 lakh, there will be ‘Kumari Puja’ and art competitions. A souvenir will also be published. Prasad will be distributed to devotees and visitors during all the puja days.
The American Colony Durga Puja Committee, with a budget of Rs 9 lakh, is planning to design the pandal front on the lines of the Kedernath Temple.
The Durga idol for the Kamakhyanagar Durga Puja Samiti is being made by the famous sculptors of Krishnanagar, West Bengal. The Samiti has a budget of Rs 7.5 lakh.
Durga Puja will also be celebrated by various committees at Phani Sarma Park, Balaka Club, Nambari Officers’ Colony, Accounts’ Colony, Kamakhya Colony, Barabazar Durgabari, Jai Hind Club, New Colony, BBC Colony, Anandanagar, Joymati Nagar and Triangular Colony. The Krishna-Radhakrishna-Gokul Dhaam Puja Committee and Gokul Niwas Puja Committee will also celebrate Durga Puja.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the Jalukbari PS for the peaceful celebration of Durga Puja.