Jamshedpur, Oct 17: The city was gripped with religious fervour with the celebrations of Navratra that started from Saturday. Devotees flocked to temples and organised kalash sthapna to get a glimpse of gods and goddesses.
Since morning, men and women queued up to offer puja and get a glimpse of Goddess Durga today. Not only in Kalibari but a good crowd was also seen in Aamra Shobai Club in Sonari which has been organising the Durga Puja. The Children of Ramakrishna, a socio-spiritual organisation in Sidhgora too is organising the puja.
Men and women waited in two different queues right to the temple gate and flowers. Security personnel along with volunteers of the temple were deployed all along the path to guide the devotees. Apart from this, several ‘shobha yatras’ are being taken out from different places of the city, Elaborate security arrangements are being made by the police to maintain peace during the puja period. RAF jawans were seen patrolling the main thoroughfares and all the important places in the city. Police personnel were also deployed in civil dress to keep an eye on miscreants.
With an aim to ensure peaceful Durga Puja the East Singhbhum administration has made elaborate arrangements. The administration deployed adequate policemen and paramilitary personnel to prevent any untoward incident. Several sensitive areas have been identified and Rapid Action Force jawans will be posted accordingly. A total of 265 magistrates and large number of police officers will be deployed to oversee law and order machinery on the penultimate day and on the procession day of the festival.
With the city all decked up and elaborate security arrangements in place, denizens have ushered in Durga Puja – the five-day socio-cultural carnival that comes with the religious observance .
With about 320 puja pandals adoring, the city has turned into an exotic location where radiant faces of the people speak volumes of the importance of the festival. The artistically carved idols of Goddess Durga are also attracting the devotees a lot.
“Durga is the chief Indian goddess, and the one with the most colourful personality. She is a multifaceted personaI t is no wonder that in a conservative, male-oriented society such as India’s, the weapon-wielding, tiger-riding, demon-slaying Durga evokes unbridled admiration. In keeping with the powerful, larger-than-life image of the goddess, Durga Puja, the festival meant to honour her, envelops every aspect of life,” said Debu Bannerjee, functionary of Jugsalai Durga Puja Committee.
Another Puja is here – another reaffirmation of our essential religiousness, another chance at renewing our social ties, another opportunity for restoring our links with divinity.