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Puja pandals go back in time, recreate old temples

lucknow Updated: Oct 19, 2012 17:25 IST
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Like every year, this year too, various puja committees are busy competing i n erecting massive pandals in the city. To mark 25 years of its Durga puja celebrations, ‘Agragami’ Durga Puja Sadbhavna Park, Vikas Nagar (near Pioneer School) has set up a splendid pandal. They have tried to replicate the looks of Dakshineshwar Temple (Kolkata) style.

The Rabindra Palli Puja Committee has set up a first-of-its-kind puja pandal. Made of bamboos, wooden strips and colourful cloth instead of iron rods, the pandal has been made like an old Bengali temple with intricate interior architectural designs using thermocol.

Mitro Sangho Durga puja committee of Model House area has set up a massive pandal replicating a south Indian temple measuring 55-feet. Artisans from Midnapore district of West Bengal have been constructing the pandal for nearly two weeks now. It is nearing completion, says Vinod Kumar Tewari, a senior member of the committee.

“About a dozen workers are toiling hard to give final shape to the pandal. The intricate design is taking a lot of time. Last year, we earned a lot of appreciation for elaborate light arrangements. I’m sure this year people will appreciate our effort that has gone into making this colossal pandal,” he said.

Rabindra Palli puja committe has also set up a colossal pandal. “Made of bamboo, wooden strips and colourful cloth instead of iron rods, it will be a one-of -its kind in the state. Says Romen Ghosh, general secretary of the puja committee, “To esure that the pandal is authentic in tone and appearance, artists have been called from Midnapore, a remote district in West Bengal. They are working overtime to finish the work by Maha Chaturthi, the fourth day of Navratra.” SaysAshish KrAuddy, a member, “Our pandal will be a brilliant and vibrant place to be, especially for kids. Rabindra Palli Puja Committee has ensured that you don’t miss out on the Kolkata feel while celebrating puja in Lucknow.”