GAURIPUR, Oct 7 - The 418-year-old Royal Durga puja of the erstwhile Zamindary Estate of Gauripur will be held from October 8 on the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya. For the occasion, the temple located in the eastern part of the historic Mahamaya playground has been decorated.
The Ashtadhatu idol of Goddess Mahamaya will be brought to the temple situated on the eastern part of the Mahamaya playground from the original temple of the Royal family in a chariot and will be installed on the altar and regular puja rituals will start on the eve of Mahalaya. Hundreds of devotees are expected to take part on the Ashtami, Navami and Dashami puja where a number of goats will be sacrificed. It is also customary that idol of Goddess Mahamaya made of sholacraft will be separately installed and puja rituals will begin accordingly.
The idol of Goddess Mahamaya will be immersed at the meeting place of the rivers Gadadhar and the Brahmaputra and thereafter the �Ranachandi� and the �Kaman� puja will be performed in front of the Royal palace at Matiabag area of Gauripur. Karen Malakar, a state awardee artisan has already finished making the idol of Goddess Durga made of sholacraft which is customary since the period of its inception.