Cuttack, October 8 (LocalWire): Come Dussehra and Cuttack becomes a major destination for the revellers from Odisha and neighbouring states during the five-day festival season, particularly to have a glimpse of captivating idols of goddess Durga bedecked with gold and silver ornaments.
Devi Durga is being worshipped in 170 mandaps in Cuttack this year of which 27 are with sparkling white ‘chalchitras’ (idol’s backdrop) made of silver tableaux and 10 with gold dazzling puja marquee appearing radiant and opulent to the devotees.
Stating that the city which is famous for Chandi Medha (silver tableau) is gradually shifting its focus to decorating deities with gold ornaments, an organiser of the Chaudhury Bazapur Puja Committee said that the tableaus at Choudhury Bazar, Sheikh Bazar, Managalabag, Ranihat, Chauliaganj, Kathagadasahi, Haripur-Dolamundai, College Square, Pithapur and Khan Nagar have now converted to gold.
This year, three new Durga Puja committees – Chhatra Bazar, Ganga Mandir and Bidanasi – have made their entry into elite Chandi Medha club taking the number of puja pandals bedecking the deities with silver tableaus to 27.
Chhatra Bazar Puja committee, which is celebrating its 100th year, has used 250 kg of silver worth Rs two crore for the Chandi Medha.
Similarly, Bidanasi Durga Puja committee, which turned 75 years, has used 220 kg silver while the 25-year old Ganda Mandir Puja committee has used 192 kg silver worth Rs one core to design its tableau.
Filigree artisans Nandakishore Pal and Pradip Kumar Prusti had designed the tableau at Chhattra Bazar while Shashikant Singh, Sanatan Dash, Bhagaban Dash, Rabindra Kumar Dash and Ranjan Kumar Panda designed the tableau at Ganga Mandir.
Chhatra Bazar Puja Committee had started the puja with clay idols of Hara-Parvati during Dussehra in 1919 and worshipping the clay idol of Goddess Durga since 2000, the committee president Devendra Nath Sahu said.
As per orders of the district administration, the immersion of idols of goddess Durga will take place on Wednesday.
Like every year, the pandals have been decorated with colourful lights and welcome arches.
In order to attract revellers, cultural programmes have also been organised at various puja pandals.
Meanwhile, in the capital city Bhubaneswar overall 178 mandaps have been set up this year with innovative themes that are attracting the locals.