Dibrugarh prepares to welcome Durga ’Ma’
DIBRUGARH, October 6: The festive spirit in Dibrugarh is slowly catching a crescendo. Shoppers are out in full force to buy new clothes, shoes and accessories for Durga Puja.
However, a few days back, it looked like the heat would continue till the puja and play spoilsport. People thought twice before venturing out due to the high temperature. Even the various discounts being offered were seemingly not having the desired effect. But the clouds opened up on the day of Mahalaya, bringing the much–longed for cooling effect. The malls and markets, where the throng was missing earlier, saw the sudden increase of footfalls.
Meanwhile, the district administration is also gearing up for the festival, holding meetings with the various Durga Puja committees regarding the rules and regulation they would need to follow. They have also imposed Section 144 CrPC, bringing restrictions on movement of two–wheelers and four–wheelers. According to an official, 108 sarbajanin puja committees in the town have sought permission; the number comes up to 130 if those on the outskirts are taken into consideration. Meanwhile, the police have also stepped up their activities and are looking into all aspects of law and order so that the festival passes off peacefully. The authorities have already released the traffic plan for the duration.
Inflation seems to have affected the preparations for the puja, as far as the puja committees are concerned. With the rise of the price of essential commodities, people seem to have tightened their purse strings and are donating and contributing less than earlier years. Even the puja committees who have always celebrated the festival with stress on the strict observation of rituals and without any extravagant spending on pandal and decoration are worried over the modest budgets. The puja at India Club and Theatrical Institution here will be 125–year–old, the oldest in the town, but they have decided to forego the grand celebration that such an occasion often warrant. However, the idol of Goddess Durga this year is being built at Digboi by artisans from Kolkata. Even the puja committees who go to great length in other years to ensure that their idol, pandal and decorations stand out have gone cut down on their budgets.
Source: The Sentinel