Durgotsava – one of the biggest annual Hindu festivals is around the corner and people are already getting into the festive mood. The festival which is marked as the most important event in a Bengali calendar is slated to kick-start from October 4th, 2019 this year.
Every year, Durga Puja is observed in West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Tripura and so on celebrating the victory of Goddess Durga in her battle against buffalo king Mahishasura. Ten days before the puja, marks the homecoming of the Goddess on the Earth which is celebrated as Mahalaya and nothing can beat waking up to the Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s soulful rendition of Mahisasura Mardini on the day.
Along with the rest of the country, Assam too is gearing up for the 5-day extravaganza as construction works of huge pandals decorated with colourful lights, unique decorative items are underway. Also, people are on a shopping spree as street vendors along with shopping malls are offering puja discounts as they continue to throng the market.
In Chapar town under the Dhubri district, preparations are going on in full swing. From the puja committee members to the idol-makers, the festivities are keeping them busy as ahead of the Durga Puja, the Hindus are also awaiting for one of the most important festivals i.e the Vishwakarma Jayanti. It is generally celebrated every year as per the Gregorean date of September 16th– 19th.
Similarly, in Titabor, the artisans are busy perfecting their craft giving life to the clay statues into human-like figures.
In Karimganj, the Biswabina Club group has been organizing the Durga Puja at the District Library for many decades now. This year, dance troupes from Kolkata – Nandini Ghoshal team and Guwahati – Debabrat Baruah team has been roped in to perform during the puja.
Inputs: Nobin Chakrabarty, Sajid Hussain, Shivam Purkayastha