From the brand new Parliament constructing to the revered Mundeshwari Devi Temple, Durga Puja pandals within the nationwide capital this 12 months are depicting a big selection of themes with the celebrations anticipated to achieve the pre-pandemic pomp. In Chittaranjan Park, which has a sizeable Bengali inhabitants, a puja pandal might be a reproduction of the newly inaugurated Parliament constructing. The decorations contained in the pandal embody 3D photos of freedom fighters and nationwide emblems.
The Mela Ground of CR Park may have a Buddha-themed pandal this 12 months whereas that on the Ok Block Park might be a reproduction of the Mundeshwari Devi Temple in Bihar. The organisers of the puja on the Ghaziabad grocery market floor stated their pandal might be themed on a forest.
The proprietor of an idol-making store in Chittaranjan Park, Govind Nath, stated the preparations for Durga Puja is going on in full swing similar to the pre-Covid occasions. “This time the preparations for Durga Puja is happening in full swing as it used to happen in pre-COVID times. Most people who have given orders had specifications about the idols which means they are ready to spend more this time,” Nath instructed PTI.
“We received one interesting idol order this year. It is a Buddha themed Durga idol, seven feet tall,” he added.
Nath stated a complete of 12 artisans are working at his institution on the Kali temple and that they acquired order for 40 idols this time. Last 12 months, Nath had instructed PTI that they acquired order for barely 20 to 25 idols for Durga Puja.
He additional acknowledged that whereas a few of the artisans will return residence to West Bengal, others will keep again as they’ve began receiving orders for Kali puja (Diwali) as nicely. “Some of the artisans will go back home to West Bengal for celebrating puja with their family but many of them will also stay back since we already started receiving orders for Kali puja (Diwali),” he stated.
Speaking concerning the final leg of idol-making course of forward of the celebrations, one of many artisans at CR park, Tapan Biswas, stated they’ve been working 15 hours a day. “When we started working on idols, we used to work eight hours a day. For the last two weeks, we have been working at least 12 to 15 hours a day. Rains caused some disruptions in our work in the month of July when we began making the idols. However, since the weather has been dry and sunny mostly, the work is going fine now,” Biswas instructed PTI.
Durga puja celebrations will start from October 20 and can conclude on October 24.
Speaking concerning the numerous themes of puja pandals, Pankaj Purkaith, a pandal maker in CR Park, stated there’s extra enthusiasm amongst staff after they obtain orders of attention-grabbing themes. “There is more enthusiasm to work when we get interesting themes. For example, we are making this Central Vista-themed puja pandal in Chittaranjan Park’s B Block. The Kali mandir in K Block will have a ‘Rajbari’ (palace) themed pandal this year. This time we have taken orders for 10 pandals and workers are a little stressed out as we have to finish the work in a week,” Purkaith instructed PTI.
“For theme-based pandals, it takes at least two months. A total of 80 to 90 pandal makers are working day and night to complete the work on time,” he added.
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