DIBRUGARH, Oct 20 - With as many as 76 puja mandaps, the entire city is decorated like a bride, illuminated with glittering lights. Women draped in their best were seen queuing up in the puja mandaps this morning on the occasion of Saptami in the morning hours and Ashtami in the evening hours today.
Plying of vehicles and movements of puja revellers was hardly seen in the morning hours today. But in the afternoon hours, the crowd gradually swelled. People were seen moving out of their homes in the evening hours to visit different puja mandaps to seek blessings from Goddess Durga.
People in the city largely flock to the spacious Jalukpara puja mandap at the Old Government Boy�s High School ground. People from outside the city like the villages and tea gardens also crowd the Jalukpara puja mandap area. �I like to come to the Jalukpara puja mandap every year with my family because of its environment, fun fair, food stalls and spacious area,� Ranjit Bauri, a tea garden employee of Muttock tea estate said. Some of the major puja mandaps that attract crowds in the city are Marwaripatty, Graham Bazar, Jeotinagar, Gangapara and Durgabari.
Like every year, the city roads and streets leading to the puja mandaps have been illuminated gorgeously for the decked-up puja revellers. Eateries and kiosks selling sweets, fast foods and plastic toys and other play items have also mushroomed along the streets. The air meanwhile remains filled with chantings and play of religious hymns in the entire city.