NEW DELHI, Oct 20 - For the first time ever in the national capital, Durga Puja is being celebrated in Assamese style in a joint effort by several local organisations.
The puja being held at the Gandhi Ashram at GTB Nagar near Delhi University (DU) North Campus organised by Sarbajanin Asomiya Durga Puja Committee of Delhi and National Capital Region will have the12x18 foot Goddess Durga idol along with Lakshmi and Saraswati idols dressed in traditional silk attire brought from Sualkuchi along with Assamese jewellery, said president of the organising committee, Hareshwar Deka while talking to mediapersons.
At least five priests from Assam would perform the puja in Assamese style and organisers have made arrangements for nagara naam and other traditional form of performances. On the first day, Mayukh Hazarika is scheduled to perform.
One of the key organisers Luit Neil Don, a media professional said that the very fact that several Durga Pujas in Delhi were performed in traditional Bengali style gave them the inspiration to organise one in Assamese style here.
He said at least 40 professionals drawn from various fields and members of various local Assamese organisations are involved in the effort and they expect over 500 people from the region to visit the puja pandal daily. �It is a first time effort and we are trying our best,� Luit Neil Don added.