Port Blair, Oct 20 (UNI) The autumn festival Durga Puja is back with a bang, with traditional fervour in tsunami-hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The outskirts of the Port Blair town is timing with activities.
The revelers have started pouring in all the puja pandals right from first day in huge number. Today being Mahanabami, the crowd is starting to swell in streets, all over the town with their destination being pandals.
Prominent among the puja pandals put up in the city are Atul Smriti Samity, Junglighat Durga mandap, Delanipur, Haddo, MES, Eagles Club, Supply lane near Aberdeen Post Office, Marine&Electricity Recreation Club, Nayagaon, Prem Nagar.
This year, Vivekananda Kendra is celebrating Durga Puja in the premises of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya. A new puja has also come up at Dugnabad area of Port Blair.
Like every year, Atul Smriti Samity at Port Blair is the largest crowd puller with electric illumination and interior decoration from mainland. The idol of the Ma Durga imported from the famous Kumartoli is an added attraction. Other mandaps are not far behind and have put their best show for the public to see.
''We have brought the idol of Goddess Durga from Kolkata and light decorators from other district of West Bengal for added attraction,'' said Falguni Gangopadhyay, one of the organiser of Atul Smriti Samity.
Though there were few spells of rain in the evening, it did not dampen the spirit of the people belonging to all sections of society, to have a darshan of the Goddess Durga.
Meanwhile, adequate security arrangements have been made with deployment of additional men in uniform and traffic police personnel in all the puja mandaps for ensuring peaceful celebration of the mega event which spreads over four days and culminates with immersion on Dashami tomorrow. Reports of Durga Puja celebration are also pouring in from tsunami hit islands like Car Nicobar and Campbell Bay Islands.