| A Durga idol at a workshop in Nagaon. Picture by UB Photos |
Dhubri, Oct. 4: Community Puja organisers have raised objections to the directives recently issued to them by the Dhubri district administration.
Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita had issued a list of 25 dos and don’ts to Puja organisers in the district as a whole and Dhubri town in particular a couple of days ago in a bid to maintain law and order. He asked the organisers to adhere to the directives strictly.
The directives have, however, irked Puja organisers, who say that these would interfere with religious rituals and disrupt schedules.
Pradip Kumar Deb, secretary of Dhubri Hari Sabha, one of the oldest community Puja organisers not only in the town but in the district, said some of the directives would interfere with religious rituals.
One of the directives asks the organisers to ensure that there are no devotees in the Puja pandal after 10pm except the volunteers needed to provide security to the idols.
“This is not possible. How can the organisers ask the devotees to leave the Puja premises before 10pm?” Deb asked.
“How can sandhi puja, which is performed at night, be done when there are no devotees in the pandal? We strongly object to this directive and urge the district administration to lift this prohibition,” said president of Ward No. 2 Puja, Partha Pradip Dutta.
He feels some of the directives not only interfere with puja rituals but are also one-sided as these direct Puja organisers to provide security to idols in the pandals by deploying sufficient volunteers to maintain crowd and pandal-hoppers, a job he feels should be executed by the police.
The secretary of Kalibari, Nikhil Chandra Roy, said they have chalked out several programmes, beside the puja schedules, for the Pujas and these usually continue after 10pm. “It is not possible to change the programmes now. It has to be organised according to the scheduled printed and announced,” he added.