Agartala, Oct. 10: The sun shone brightly on Sashthi today, putting at rest the Met office’s gloomy predictions of a wet Puja.
But the danger’s still out there — the severe cyclonic storm brewing off the Bay of Bengal — is likely to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh late on Ashtami and subsequently cause moderate to high rainfall in the region.
The latest forecast made has made the Puja organisers hopeful. “According to our reading, the weather will be fine and sunny on all four days of the Puja, so people can proceed to make plans and enjoy the festival,” said the director of Met department, B.K. Saha.
The puja rituals will commence tomorrow. A large number of revellers hit the streets tonight, taking advantage of a rain-free Sashthi.
All security measures have been taken by the state government to ensure a peaceful and trouble-free Puja. The government has deployed security forces, posted metal detectors in front of major pandals, come up with traffic posts, police assistance posts, and put up watch towers. The BSF and the fire department have been put on high alert.
According to police sources, permission for organising community Pujas has already been given to 2,717 committees across the state but more applications have been pending. “We cannot tell you the exact number before tomorrow as final figures are yet to arrive from subdivisional and block headquarters,” said Nepal Das, IG (operations).
He expressed the hope that the festival would pass off peacefully. This year, a large number of Pujas have been organised in the interior areas dominated by indigenous people. “We have given permission to 27 community Pujas in Takarjala, Jampuijala, Mandal, Khumllung, Heza Mara areas of Sadar and Jirania subdivision dominated by indigenous people,” said Das.
Apart from this, in Agartala, the family Puja of the royal Manikya dynasty house will be organised in the Durga Bari temple in front of the royal Ujjayanta Palace at the government’s cost.