Devotees throng Durga Puja pandals in Noida, Gzb newsfragment

Revellers celebrated Maha Ashtami of Durga Puja throughout Noida and Better Noida on Sunday and participated in numerous rituals, together with “pushpanjali” and “sandhi puja”.

On the Durga Puja pandal in Noida on Sunday. (Sunil Ghosh /HT PHOTO)

Over 5,000 devotees accrued on the Kali Temple in Pi-2 of Better Noida to hunt the blessings of the goddess as Better Noida Sharadia Sanskritik Samiti (GNSSS) held its twenty third Durga Puja.

“We began celebrating Durga Puja in Greater Noida about 23 years ago by setting up a pandal on the Kali Temple ground in Pi-2. On ‘Maha Ashtami’, ‘bhog’ was distributed to the devotees, while in the evening, Bengali folk artistes regaled the audience with their baul performance,” stated GNSSS secretary Monindro Mondal.

In Sector 134, the Wishtown Sarbojanin Cultural Affiliation at Klassic Arcade Ground organised its 3rd Durga Puja festivities this age. The puja was once inaugurated through famous Bangladeshi-Swedish essayist and activist Taslima Nasrin on Friday.

“I often visit Durga Puja pandals in Delhi, but this is my first time in Noida and am floored by the beauty of this pandal. I never knew this city has such a rich Bengali culture and I will make sure to come back here every year to enjoy the festivities,” stated Nasrin.

With the exception of establishing the ordinary custom rituals, Noida’s oldest Durga Puja committee, the Noida Kalibari, additionally held a contest for the organisers. The Sharod Samman Awards, ‘Jago Durga’, was once introduced for the most productive pujas in Noida and Ghaziabad.

“This year’s event was filled with exceptional creativity, devotion and fervour. The pandal set up by Indirapuram’s Prantic Cultural Society bagged the “Best Category-Overall” award for its collective struggle in numerous sides, together with idol, pandal, ornament and lighting fixtures, that have really poised a benchmark for excellence,” stated Anupam Banerjee, vice-president of Noida Kalibari.

The successful puja committee knowledgeable that they’d been getting ready for the puja pandal since November utmost age. “This is our 15th year and since November last year we started hunting for the best artisans in West Bengal to create a pandal. The theme of our Durga Puja pandal is ‘Hastkala- our cultural heritage’, wherein the whole pandal is created using bamboo and its products,” stated Niladree Deb, president of Prantic Cultural Nation, Indirapuram.

In Sector 34, the Noida Bangiya Samiti celebrated its thirtieth age of Durga Puja festivities.

“The theme of our pandal is ‘Goddess Durga in abode of straw and chaff’. The whole pandal is eco-friendly and made out of straw and chaffe using tradition craftsmanship,” stated Debashis Banerjee, Noida Bangiya Samiti secretary.

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