People Gear up for Durga Puja in Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar:The festive fever has gripped the capital city Bhubaneswar. Markets are witnessing heavy rush with people seen busy in last-minute shopping for Durga Puja as the five-day celebration begins today.

Shoppers in large numbers are thronging markets and malls in the city.

As per sources as many as 178 Durga puja pandals will come up in the capital this year. Though decorations in Bhubaneswar mandaps are not as grand and expensive as in Cuttack, over the years Durga Puja in the capital city has also assumed grand proportions.

The Puja committees have come up with unique ideas this year for pandals in the city.

Among other areas in the city, big Durga puja pandals will come up at Nayapalli, Rasulgarh, Baramunda, Saheed Nagar, Bomikhal, Laxmi Sagar, Old Station Bazaar, Ashok Nagar, VSS Nagar, Palasuni, Niladri Vihar, Patia.

Nayapalli Puja Pandal

Unit 1 Puja Pandal

Saheed Nagar Puja Pandal

Baramunda Puja Pandal

In a bid to promote the Jagannath culture during Dussehra, the Old Station Bazar Puja Committee, one of the oldest in the city, will give a grand glimpse of ‘Nabagunjar Besh’ of Lord Jagannath and its connection with other cultures to the visitors.

Prasad will be offered to the devotees coming to the pandal on Mahashtami. The devotees will also get an opportunity to taste ‘Dahi Pakhala’ (water rice prepared with curd and greens) on Dashami.

Similarly, the Rasulgarh Durga puja pandal in the city is designed in the lines of Royal Albert Hall of London. It is decorated with almost 13 varieties of artificial gemstones procured from different places. Besides, the pandal, the Meena Bazaar, will have food stalls offering distinct cuisines from various parts of the State. The joy rides set-up near the pandal will also keep the visitors engaged all through the evening.

The Jharpada Durga Puja pandal is designed in the lines of Albert Hall Museum, the State museum of Rajasthan.

Keeping in mind the use of gold, silver and other precious ornaments at various pandals, Commissionerate Police has beefed up security in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. While 41 platoons of police force have been deployed in Cuttack, 31 platoons of police will maintain law and order situation in Bhubaneswar.