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Thousands throng Puja mandaps on Maha Asthami

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 15 � The Maha Asthami day saw the Durga Puja celebrations rise to a crescendo this evening, drawing people to the puja mandaps in their thousands.

While dazzling illuminations and stunning decorations symbolized best the festive spirit, no less gripping was the traditional flavour with reverberations of the dhak and chanting of hymns creating the wholesome puja ambience. The blend got adequate reflection in the crowd, with the devout and the reveller � attired in their colourful best � descending on the streets with gusto and making a beeline to the venues since early evening till late into the night.

Designing, decoration and illumination of idols of Goddess Durga, the mandaps, and the approach roads to the puja venues shone with the imprint of the ingenuity of the makers. Equally compelling were the themes depicted through thoughtful illumination and d�cor that ranged from mythical fables to the idyllic rural life to the civic woes plaguing the city. The Lachit Nagar puja presented a realistic account of the city�s perennial water-logging problem.

All the puja venues witnessed large participation of the devotees in the morning hours as the people assembled to pay obeisance to the Goddess. Some of the most visited puja mandaps were Latasil, Beltola, Silpukhuri, Chandmari, Kumarpara, Bharalumukh, Binapani, Nayantara, Ganeshguri, Tarun Nagar, etc.

Even the agonizing traffic snarls failed to be a dampener on the festive mood. Maha Astami is invariably associated with bumper-to-bumper traffic and areas like Beltola, Ganeshguri, Latasil, Chandmari, Athgaon, Maligaon, Pandu, etc., were the worst affected.

The occasion also drew a huge number of people into the restaurants, dhabas and roadside eateries. No less sought after were the temporary eateries that mushroom during such festive occasions. Juicy jelebis � part and parcel of Durga Puja festivities � sold like hot cakes, with the vendors enduring a tough time in meeting the burgeoning demand.

Various puja organizers continued with their cultural shows in the evening, featuring wide-ranging items from nam-kirtans and arati to singing and dance competitions. Competitions among schoolchildren were also held.

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Thousands throng Puja mandaps on Maha Asthami

GUWAHATI, Oct 15 � The Maha Asthami day saw the Durga Puja celebrations rise to a crescendo this evening, drawing people to the puja mandaps in their thousands.

While dazzling illuminations and stunning decorations symbolized best the festive spirit, no less gripping was the traditional flavour with reverberations of the dhak and chanting of hymns creating the wholesome puja ambience. The blend got adequate reflection in the crowd, with the devout and the reveller � attired in their colourful best � descending on the streets with gusto and making a beeline to the venues since early evening till late into the night.

Designing, decoration and illumination of idols of Goddess Durga, the mandaps, and the approach roads to the puja venues shone with the imprint of the ingenuity of the makers. Equally compelling were the themes depicted through thoughtful illumination and d�cor that ranged from mythical fables to the idyllic rural life to the civic woes plaguing the city. The Lachit Nagar puja presented a realistic account of the city�s perennial water-logging problem.

All the puja venues witnessed large participation of the devotees in the morning hours as the people assembled to pay obeisance to the Goddess. Some of the most visited puja mandaps were Latasil, Beltola, Silpukhuri, Chandmari, Kumarpara, Bharalumukh, Binapani, Nayantara, Ganeshguri, Tarun Nagar, etc.

Even the agonizing traffic snarls failed to be a dampener on the festive mood. Maha Astami is invariably associated with bumper-to-bumper traffic and areas like Beltola, Ganeshguri, Latasil, Chandmari, Athgaon, Maligaon, Pandu, etc., were the worst affected.

The occasion also drew a huge number of people into the restaurants, dhabas and roadside eateries. No less sought after were the temporary eateries that mushroom during such festive occasions. Juicy jelebis � part and parcel of Durga Puja festivities � sold like hot cakes, with the vendors enduring a tough time in meeting the burgeoning demand.

Various puja organizers continued with their cultural shows in the evening, featuring wide-ranging items from nam-kirtans and arati to singing and dance competitions. Competitions among schoolchildren were also held.