DHUBRI, Oct 16: With the onset of Durga Puja celebrations, pomp and gaiety have gripped entire Dhubri district.
In Dhubri, Golokganj, Gauripur, Sapatgram and Bilasipara towns of the district, creative pandals can be spotted along every road corner. Almost all the puja committees of these areas have come up with unique concepts not only to attract devotees, but also to convey a social message.
Almost 120 puja pandals at Dhubri, 60 in Gauripur, 80 in Bilasipara, 92 under Golokganj and 19 in Agomoni area make it a total of 373 public puja mandaps in the entire district. Out of these, 287 mandaps are in Dhubri subdivision.
The No. 3 Baluchar Sarbajanin Durga Puja Committee has come up with a massive Durga idol with a thousand hands portraying women empowerment. Talking to this Correspondent, the members of the community said that this year many daughters have brought pride to the nation and this year�s Durga Puja has been dedicated to these women as they can inspire the society to work for the safety of women.
Meanwhile, the historic Kalibari and Harisabha Durga Puja, which are on their 91st and 132nd years respectively this time, have displayed special idols made out of waste products to generate awareness towards waste reduction. These historic pujas have also come up with unique programmes not only for entertainment, but also for different social services. The Kalibari Puja Committee has distributed saris among the poor and needy women of Dhubri town.
Meanwhile, the Church Road � DK Road Durga Puja Committee, which is in its 50th year this time, has decorated its pandal with different messages related to child labour, child abuse, right to education and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The Railway Ghat Colony is paying tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and has built a mini village to portray rural electrification.
The district administration is all set to take full advantage of the puja gathering in Dhubri district by using the pandals to spread the message of cleanliness. The administration on behalf of the District Water and Sanitation Committee has put up a banner with the message �Clean Puja, Green Puja� along with a bamboo-made dustbin. �We have distributed such dustbins and banners among almost all the mandaps of the district, which have been placed by the committees at strategic points,� said DIPRO Bikash Sharma.