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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, October 21, 2012
To add to the grandeur of Durga puja this year, puja organising authorities in Jankipuram have ferried accessories for the deity from Bangladesh.
The exquisite jewelleries-crown, necklace, bracelet, earrings and nose rings- hand crafted by Bangladeshi designer Altaf Hussain is set to give the Durga idol a global look.

“The city artists have given the idol a traditional look that goes well with the grand ensemble. The ambience here have been set in such a hue to give Bengalis a feel of Bangladesh,” Puja committee member Saurabh Bandhopadhyay revealed.

The Rs. 60,000 accessories for the goddess will surely be a crowd-puller this year, Bandhopadhyay says.

“For years artist Altaf Hussain has been making accessories for Durga for different Raajbaris and zamindar families. To recreate the ‘sabekiana’ (traditional) here in the City of Nawabs, the puja committee roped in Hussain for making the embellishments for the goddess earlier this year,” he adds.

Like in Jankipuram many other Puja committees are draping their deity in Kanjeevarams, Banarasis and silk this puja.

Many say, this year ‘Maa’ (the goddess) would be a designers’ delight, as particular attention is being paid to on the deity’s look.

Ramakrishna Math too is not far behind in this competition. The Math has already purchased two Banarasi sarees, one for the deity and another for the Kumari (young maiden), on whom the deity would be invoked.

All the nine forms of goddess Durga here are being prepared by Navadurga Puja committee of Barabanki.

The Math authorities also are flying flower ornaments from Kolkata, to deck the divine Kumari and the goddess.