Tripura buzzing with festive fervour this Durga Puja

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Tripura celebrates Durga Puja
Agartala, Oct 2: With around 2,500 Durga pujas across the state, Tripura is buzzing with festive fervour. What is drawing people to the various pandals are the thematic displays and thought provoking messages put up by the organisers and clubs who are sparing no efforts to put up grand celebrations.

The Oikatan Juba Sangatha (Shantipara), with a budget of Rs 25 lakh, has brought idol and pandal artists from Kumartuli in Kolkata.

This year, the club's puja theme is bio-diversity in sea. The puja would be held amidst a big pond with fish and other sea creatures roaming at the bottom of sea.

A colourfully lit up sea bed, with different types of aquatic plants, provide an attractive setting for the puja festivities. Designers from Kanthi in Midnapore district of West Bengal were decking up the theme. Other organisations too are making special efforts to put up a different show from other clubs.

Among other themes on display this year include global warming put up by Shantikami Sangha, Kunjaban. The club has placed a big globe on a lotus to convey the need to handle the earth with care.Local artisans have put up the show here.

The Goddess has only two arms in the Durgabari Temple where the pujas have been going on without break for the past 150 years. What is more significant is, the current Left Front government in the state is organising the event here, like the previous governments before it.

Durga Puja at the Durgabari temple is funded and organised by the state government and the district magistrate of West Tripura is the main sevayat of the puja.

When princely Tripura signed the instrument of accession with the Government of India on October 15, 1949, it was agreed that daily work at Durgabari temple, Tripureswari Kali Temple at Udaipur in Gomati district and some other temples would be funded and looked after by the state government.


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