Bhubaneswar, Oct 6 (LocalWire) Organisers of Durga puja festival in Odisha every year try to create something unique to attract the crowd and this time too it is environment-friendly with some nostalgia.
In the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, they have made the pandals replicating the architecture of various famous temples and buildings.
One of the most visited ones in the state capital is the Saheed Nagar Durga Puja Mandap.
It is a replica of Lucknow Palace and the crown of the Goddess is made up of gold.
The Old Station Bazar Puja committee has the evolution of human civilisation from pre-historic to modern era as the theme while Nayapalli Durga Puja pandal has a replica of the Padmavati Palace in Rajasthan.
The Jharpada Durga puja committee has Disneyland as the theme, while the Rasulgarh pandal has a floral look and designed as ‘Indrapuri’.
Decorated in white and pink fabric flowers procured from West Bengal the pandal has been illuminated with 2,000 lights.
The most innovative theme of this year is a 90-feet high Chandrayan-2 model pandal created at Sector-7 in Steel City Rourkela by the local puja committee.
“It was a historic moment for the country for which we decided to create the model” committee president Sudarsan Jena said.
The organisers have also attempted to spread “go-green´ awareness during the festival.
Puja committees had been asked to strictly follow the order of plastic ban during the festival and avoid the use of chemical colours on idols, Bhubaneswar puja committee secretary Narayan Mohapatra said.
Shaheed Nagar puja organisers have used biodegradable material for building the replica of the Lucknow Palace, while the Nayapalli Durga puja committee has used materials like seashells and conches.
“We have done this to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a plastic-free India and chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s message to avoid plastic,” Mohapatra said.