Decked up with thematic pandals and attractive installations to catch the public’s eye, the Capital city is all set to celebrate Durga Puja. Stepping into the fifth – day of the 10- day long festival, various puja committees of Ranchi officially kick started the celebrations and are now open to the public.
Beckoning Ranchiites, the pandals have come up with themes ranging from a glimpse of the Rajasthani desert, a view of Kerala’s Sabrimala temple to a sneak peek of Devlok. Following the ‘go green’ mantra, the puja pandals are also making minimal use of plastic, synthetic paints and other non- biodegradable substances. They have instead opted to use products like bamboo, hay, dry grass and clay to mesmerize the visitors.
At the Ranchi railway station puja pandal, residents are going to get to witness the vibrant art and culture of Kerala. “The pandal will be inaugurated by Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth and Urban Development Minister CP Singh at 7 pm by cutting a ribbon. This will be followed by a traditional puja of all the deities. Going with the theme, Kathakali dancers have been invited from Kerala to mesmerize the audience,” said Munchun Rai, President Ranchi Railway Station Durga Puja Committee.
The Harmu Panch Mandir puja pandal is set to take the devotees on a tour of Devlok. “Former Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Executive President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Hemant Soren will do the inauguration on October 4 at around 7:30 pm. During the ceremony Chhau dancers will perform. Since this year marks the golden jubilee celebrations of the Harmu Panch Mandir Samiti, a souvenir will also be unveiled on the occasion,” said President, Harmu Panch Mndir Puja Committee, Manoj Pandey. Inspite of incessant rains in the last week of September, some of the pandals however, did manage to open the paat on October 3 as well.
Creating a facsimile of a Buddhist Temple in Thailand, the Rajasthan Mitra Mandal puja pandal was inaugurated on October 3 at 6 pm “Dignitaries like Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth, Urban Development Minister CP Singh and Deputy Mayor Sanjeev Vijaywargiya have agreed to grace the occasion,” said Ashok Purohit, President Rajasthan Mitra Mandal.
Being designed on the concept of Rajasthani dolls ‘Gudiyon ka Desh’, the OCC Club puja pandal also started receiving visitors from October 3. “Senior SP Aneesh Gupta has been invited to grace the inauguration. Senior citizens of the locality and committee members will also be present.
Initially the plan was to open the pandal on October 2 but because of the rains, the programme was delayed by a day,” said Rajesh Das, Treasurer OCC Club & Puja Committee.