Durga Puja festivities begin in Nagaland

Durga Puja festivities begin in Nagaland

Dimapur, October 5: When the country and world is stressing on putting a ban on single use plastic, this year the celebration of Durga Puja in Dimapur has assumed significance for adopting the same theme and going eco-friendly in every puja pandals.
As the reverberation of the sounds of traditional dhak (drums) mesmerized the puja pandals in Dimapur on the Mahasaptami Day on Saturday, hundreds of devotees were seen offering prayers to Godess Durga, marking the beginning of the celebration in the district.
While attractive pandals brought out a large number of revelers and pandal hoppers on the first day of the puja, it was the golden jubilee celebration puja pandal at Lhumithi colony and the Chandrayaan-2 puja pandal at New Market Durga Mandir stole the limelight as people thronged in large numbers. Beautiful illuminated pandals are also seen in various parts of the town adding to the total figure of 47 pujas in Dimapur.
nkhv Hongkong Market Puja committee and Progressive Puja Committee, as usual has attractive puja pandals and are likely to attract puja revelers for next two days.
The puja celebrations at Durga Mandir has turned out to be a sort of mela with a number of food stalls operating in the vicinity and the traffic police busy maintaining the traffic even as the traffic towards Durga Mandir from the GS Road has been cut off and diverted.
Durga Puja is also being celebrated in other parts of the state.
In the meantime, the puja committees are hoping huge turnout of devotees on Mahaashtami and Navani on October 6 and 7 respectively and are well prepared for the situation.
As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, the Hindu Seva Samiti, Dimapur has requested all puja pandals to take part in the movement by initiating the theme of “Say no to plastic; say yes to life’. It requested all the puja pandals to conduct planning for painting, poster , easy & quiz competitions in their respective puja pandals on the theme on “150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi” & “Say no to plastic, say yes to life”.
The samiti also issued rules and regulation for the puja pandals. All puja committees have been requested to perform pujas in the true religious spirit & customs, by ensuring proper discipline and decorum at all cost, so that image of Hindu faith is held high.
On October 8, the immersion of idols will take place at Immersion Ghat under the supervision of Hindu Seva Samiti, which has requested all puja pandals to assemble the Clock Tower by 8 a.m. on Tuesday. (Page News Service)