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200-yr-old Puja is major attraction in Tripura

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, Oct 8 - A Durga Puja, introduced by the erstwhile King of Tripura Krishna Kishore Manikya Bahadur in early 19th century, continues to be the major attraction for the people of the State.

The Goddess has two arms at the Durgabari Temple here where the 200-year-old puja is currently organised and funded by the State�s Communist government. The district magistrate of West Tripura is the main sevayat of the puja.

When Tripura signed the instrument of accession with the Government of India on October 15, 1949, it was agreed that the daily work at the Durgabari temple, Tripureswari Kali Temple at Udaipur in Gomati district and some other temples would be funded and looked after by the State Government.

History has it that the queen of Krishna Kishore fainted after seeing the Goddess with ten arms, Panna Lal Roy, who studied history and heritage of the State, said.

Thereafter, on the advice of priests, Goddess Durga has only two hands visible while the remaining eight are hidden at her back at the Durgabari temple which stands before the 114-year-old Ujjayanta Palace, considered to be the eastern India�s largest one.

The octogenarian Chief Priest of the Durgabari temple, Dulal Bhattacharya, who is paid an honorarium of Rs 6,000 per month by the government and is engaged in performing the puja for the last 60 years, said, �The idols of Durgabari that lead the Dashami procession are the first to be immersed at Dashamighat here with the state police band playing the national song.�

Meanwhile, Durga Puja was being celebrated in Nagaland with worshippers thronging the pandals to offer prayers to the goddess. Huge and magnificently decorated puja pandals have been erected, specially in Kohima and Dimapur, with residents celebrating the pujas with traditional fanfare and gaiety.

Several cultural programmes were also being held in the puja pandals surrounded by stalls offering lip-smacking dishes.

On the occasion of Durga Puja, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has extended warm greetings to the people of the State.

In his message, the Governor said that apart from being a religious festival for the Hindus, it is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation and a celebration of traditional culture and customs. The complete image of Goddess Durga represents destruction of evil and protection of good and reflects the point that in order to become divine, one should keep one�s animal instincts under control, he said.

�Let the festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra be celebrated in the true spirit of peace, joy and brotherhood,� the Governor wished. � PTI

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200-yr-old Puja is major attraction in Tripura

AGARTALA, Oct 8 - A Durga Puja, introduced by the erstwhile King of Tripura Krishna Kishore Manikya Bahadur in early 19th century, continues to be the major attraction for the people of the State.

The Goddess has two arms at the Durgabari Temple here where the 200-year-old puja is currently organised and funded by the State�s Communist government. The district magistrate of West Tripura is the main sevayat of the puja.

When Tripura signed the instrument of accession with the Government of India on October 15, 1949, it was agreed that the daily work at the Durgabari temple, Tripureswari Kali Temple at Udaipur in Gomati district and some other temples would be funded and looked after by the State Government.

History has it that the queen of Krishna Kishore fainted after seeing the Goddess with ten arms, Panna Lal Roy, who studied history and heritage of the State, said.

Thereafter, on the advice of priests, Goddess Durga has only two hands visible while the remaining eight are hidden at her back at the Durgabari temple which stands before the 114-year-old Ujjayanta Palace, considered to be the eastern India�s largest one.

The octogenarian Chief Priest of the Durgabari temple, Dulal Bhattacharya, who is paid an honorarium of Rs 6,000 per month by the government and is engaged in performing the puja for the last 60 years, said, �The idols of Durgabari that lead the Dashami procession are the first to be immersed at Dashamighat here with the state police band playing the national song.�

Meanwhile, Durga Puja was being celebrated in Nagaland with worshippers thronging the pandals to offer prayers to the goddess. Huge and magnificently decorated puja pandals have been erected, specially in Kohima and Dimapur, with residents celebrating the pujas with traditional fanfare and gaiety.

Several cultural programmes were also being held in the puja pandals surrounded by stalls offering lip-smacking dishes.

On the occasion of Durga Puja, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has extended warm greetings to the people of the State.

In his message, the Governor said that apart from being a religious festival for the Hindus, it is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation and a celebration of traditional culture and customs. The complete image of Goddess Durga represents destruction of evil and protection of good and reflects the point that in order to become divine, one should keep one�s animal instincts under control, he said.

�Let the festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra be celebrated in the true spirit of peace, joy and brotherhood,� the Governor wished. � PTI