Rourkela, October 6 (LocalWire) An overcast sky and a few spells of rain have failed to dampen the spirits of revellers in the steel city of Rourkela.
The city wore a festive look on Sunday with fairy lights and a colourful setup of idols drawing huge crowds.
“I had never seen so much of rush on a Saptami day. The roads are becoming very crowded,” Bulbul Mohanty, a student said.
The major Durga Puja pandals at Sector-1, Sector-2, Telephone Bhawan, Sector-6 G Block, Sector-7, Sector-8, 15, 16, Sector-20, and others saw unprecedented crowd yesterday evening.
Rourkela has a tradition of having the four-day Durga Puja celebrations. The city has about 110 organising committees.
The organisers have selected different themes to decorate the pandals.
At Sector-7 the theme of decoration is Chandrayan-2.
The pandal has the sculpture of space vehicle and the booster rockets, with ISRO written at the below.
“This is a proud moment for us and we are celebrating ISRO’s success. What ISRO did brought moments pride for the country so why not celebrate the organisation and pay respect to it,” said Sana Jena one of the advisors of a committee.
At Sector-2 it is the sculpture of a Nepal temple. At Sector-1 the theme is Ratha Yatra.
“We must celebrate our tradition and culture and for that we have this instead of going for something out of India like we saw previously,” said a organiser.
Rourkela police chief K Siva Subramani said strict security arrangements are in place.