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Centenary for Gauripur Puja

Gauripur (Dhubri), Oct. 19: The festive fervour has gripped Gauripur town where both centenary and golden jubilee celebrations of Durga Puja are being held with all pomp and gaiety this year.

The Gauripur Bazar Durga Puja Committee is celebrating 100 years of its Puja while Shanti Sangha of Matiabugh is celebrating 50 years with pomp and gaiety.

The decorations are grand and a series of programmes are lined up.

The Gauripur Bazar Durga Puja Committee has left no stone unturned to make this Puja a special one.

The permanent Durga temple is situated in the middle of the market, which is in the heart of this town, on eight cuttahs of land. Paucity of space doesn’t give the committee much choice as far as grand decorations and a big pandal is concerned. So it has decorated the bazar roads with the famous lightings of Chandan Nagar (West Bengal), a source in the committee said.

The secretary of the committee, Tapas Ghose, said the lighting itself had cost around Rs 1.5 lakh while the total budget of this year’s Puja was approximately Rs 3 lakh.

“We have made an elaborate arrangement for Puja this year. It will be inaugurated by the president of Gauripur Bazar Babasayee Committee, Binoy Kumar Dutta. From today there will various programmes, including preparation of bhog, which will be distributed throughout Navami,” Ghose said.

A septugerian member of the committee, Sunil Kumar Ghose, while recounting the Puja celebrations of yesteryears, said he had seen Puja held in a chouchali (four-side-roofed) temple in the place of the present one.

“Members who had initiated this Puja are no more. Prominent among them were Netai Ghose, Mukandalal Saha, Basanta Kumar Saha, Gaur Chandra Ghose, Sirish Chandra Saha and Naren Chandra Ghose who took leads at different times to make this Puja a memorable one for Gauripurians,” he said.

Ghose said the Puja had been patronised by the Gauripur Raj family, who donated for the construction of the Durga temple. Kumar Prakritish Chandra Baruah (Lalji) used to take great interest in the Puja and encouraged people by participating actively during Puja days.

This time the ekchala (idols of Durga, Kartik, Ganesh, Saraswati and Lakshmi in a single framework) has been increased by a foot to celebrate the special occasion.

Sculptor Moni Malak from Nabasudrapara of Gauripur town said this year the pratima had a dimension of 14ft by 13ft.

Kulodhar Das, a social worker of Gauripur town, said 55 community Durga Pujas were being held under Gauripur police station in Dhubri district.