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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2013 Durga Puja in Hailakandi, Assam

2013 Durga Puja in Hailakandi, Assam HAILAKANDI, Sept 29 – The four-day-long Durga Puja was celebrated in Hailakandi district with traditional gaiety and fervour from September 25-28 last. A large number of devotees belonging to all age groups thronged the puja pandals during Saptami, Asthami, Navami and also on the day of Bijoya Dashami.
The civil and police administration made elaborate arrangements for holding the four-day-long Sharod Utsav in Hailakandi district peacefully.
Additional security forces were also deployed in the vulnerable areas of the district particularly along the Assam-Mizoram border areas of southern Hailakandi.
Earlier, both administrations asked the puja committees to maintain vigil in their respective Puja pandals.
Altogether 207 barowari pujas were organised throughout the district. Of them 30 community pujas were held in the municipal areas of the town while 40 pujas were held within the Hailakandi police station area.
In Hailakandi town, only three puja pandals have attracted the people.The pandal of Yuva Samiti were made of bamboo mat and the decoration was also made like the traditional mahals of Maharajas. The main patron of this puja, Excise & Border Areas Development, Gautam Roy inaugurated the gorgeous pandal on the evening of Mahapanchami. He also inaugurated the newly constructed fixed puja pandal of Tarun Sangha.
The main attraction of this puja was ‘Ravan badh’ on the evening of Mahaashtami.
Another puja pandal, Nutan Para Durga Puja also made attractive pandal and also made the replica of New Delhi’s India Gate.
The Laxmisahar Puja Committees made the replica of Mumbai’s Gateway of India at the entry of their pandal. The 95 years old Barowari Durga Puja Committee’s traditional idol was made by the artiste of Coochbehar and the theme of idol was 300 years old. Sri Sri Ramakrishna Seva Samiti also performed Durga Puja in their traditional way.
Minister Gautam Roy, MLA of Algapur Rahul Roy, deputy commissioner Tapan Chandra Goswami and Police Superintendent of Hailakandi, Bibekananda Das greeted the people on the occasion of Durga Puja. ASSAM TRIBUNE

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