NALBARI, Oct 23 - Durga puja was celebrated all over Nalbari district with great enthusiasm due to the favourable weather conditions this year. Over 80 community puja pandals of the district wore a festive look during the five-day Durga puja and the people of the district enjoyed puja festivities till midnight. The spectacle of colourful lights, decoration of pandals and mechanism of idols attracted the visitors no end.
The community Durga puja of Harimandir, Gopalbazar, College Chowk, Forest office, Chowk Bazar, Bijulighat, Tihu, Mukalmua, Ghograpar, Nardi etc., drew huge crowds on the Saptami, Astami and Navami pujas. The Maha Astami and Maha Navami puja was celebrated on the same day on Wednesday.
On the Navami puja, thousands of devotees thronged the historic Bilbeswar Devalay of Belsor in Nalbari district to offer prayer to the Goddess. The flow of visitors from various parts of the State started to the devalay since the morning. Despite the opposition of several nature-loving organisations, 28 buffaloes were sacrificed at the Bilbeswar Devalaya. More than 300 goats, thousands of ducks and pigeons were also sacrificed at the devalaya on the Saptami and Navami Puja. However, eight buffaloes were released after being worshipped before the Devi at the Devalaya. Two buffaloes were also sacrificed at the Ulabari-Nakheti-Raitkuchi community Durga puja under Barbhag revenue circle on Thursday morning on the occasion of Navami puja. This puja situated on the bank of the Pagladia river also drew huge crowds on the Navami puja. Accordingly, thousands of goats, ducks and pigeons were also sacrificed at different puja pandals including two peethas, Balilecha Kalimandir and Bagheswari Devalaya of Adabari on the Astami and Navami puja.
On the otherhand, Kumari puja was performed at Adattari near Mukalmua on the Navami puja on Thursday in the presence of huge crowds. On the Kumari puja, nine minor girls are worshipped as nine forms of Devi Durga as Sailyaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandaghanta, Kusmanda, Scondamata, Katyani, Kalratri, Mahagauri, and Sidhidatri. The people thronged the Adattari Durga puja pandal and donated dresses, ornaments and fruits to get desired results.
While talking to this correspondent, Bimala Devi, one of the organisers of the Adattari Nabaratri Durga Puja, said that they have been celebrating the Kumari puja for last 49 years.The flow of devotees to witness the Kumari Puja is gradually rising and not a single devotee is allowed to return without taking tea and bhog offered from the pratipad tithi to the Navami.
The 515-year-old Durga puja of Barnardi village in the district also attracted huge crowds during the five-day puja. The Durga puja festival was celebrated in the district with no untoward incidents from any part of the district. The Nalbari Deputy Commissioner, Dr Om Prakash, held a round of discussions with the puja committees to celebrate it in an incident-free and disciplined manner. His directions to all puja committees to install close circuit TV cameras in the pandals, reportedly minimised the chances of any unfortunate incident happening.