If you can’t take Durga to a stream for immersion, let the stream come to Her. Even if it flows from a water cannon.
The Fatashil Bishnupur Durga Puja Committee had decided to celebrate its 75th year with a “unique Goddess”. It accordingly installed a 28-handed Durga, which the scriptures say is the Goddess’ Mayatara form.
But what proved to be the organizers’ undoing on Vijaya Dashami (conclusion of the 10-day festival) last Sunday was the idol’s height – 31 ft. There was no way they could transport the Goddess to the designated immersion point on the Brahmaputra riverfront 5 km from the pandal site.
“We hadn’t taken the complications vis-à-vis immersion into consideration when we commissioned a group of artisans to make the idol at the very spot where it was installed,” said an office-bearer of the puja committee.
After three days of trying to solve the problem, the organizers turned to the firefighting department Wednesday afternoon.
“We consulted local priests and washed the clay off the idol’s bamboo-and-wood frame with powerful water guns. The immersion ceremony was thus conducted at the pandal,” said a State Fire Service Organization officer declining to be quoted. EOM