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Saturday , October 20 , 2012
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Big three ready for record turnouts

- Jairam Youth Club

A Jamshedpur pandal-hopper’s diary is never complete without a visit to the three big-ticket Durga Pujas.

Patronised by politicians and boasting budgets of more than Rs 10 lakh, the spectacular celebrations at Jairam Youth Sporting Club in Adityapur, and Thakur Pyara Singh Dhurender Singh Club and Bhuiyandih Area Sarbajanin Durga Puja Committee in the city draw tens and thousands of people during the five-day festivities.

And the bottomless budget is not the only attraction. Unique concepts, innovative themes and dazzling décor are crowd magnets too.

This year promises to be no different.

For those with interest in the afterlife, it will be a walk in the clouds, er heaven, at the Thakur Pyara Singh Dhurender Singh Club pandal.

The Puja at Kasidih has come up with the concept of depicting life after death. The heaven-like ambience has been created with pictures of gods, goddesses and angels.

However, a visit is recommended in the evening when light and dry ice will do their magic. The jute idol will be the other big draw. The total budget: Rs 14 lakh.

“We will urge people to come to our pandal at night because Swargalok will be beautiful at that time. We have arranged for magnificent lighting that is bound to give you a heavenly feeling. The pandal was inaugurated on Thursday, two days ahead of the usual schedule, in view of the rush,” said Nirbhay Singh, a member of the Thakur Pyara Singh pandal, which debuted in 1962.

Bhuiyandih Area Sarbajanin Durga Puja Committee, which entered the festive fray in 1949, is banking on the charisma of its light-weight idol. Made of thermocol, the new-age idol is 75 per cent lighter than the clay ones. The pandal, at a cost of Rs 14 lakh, is modelled on Mukteshwar temple in Odisha.

“We roped in workers from Bengal’s Bankura, Asansol and Midnapore, who worked day and night to finish the pandal. Our Puja is also famous for jatra,” said patron and former land revenue minister Dulal Bhuiyan.

Though located outside the city, Jairam Youth Sporting Club draws crowds even before the Puja begins. First raised in 1972, the pandal took a grand avatar in 1989.

Ichagarh MLA Arvind Singh is the patron and takes keen interest in every detail.

This year, the pandal is modelled on Vivekananda Rock of Kanyakumari. Plaster of Paris, fabric, thermocol, fibre and foam have been used by artisans from Midnapore to make the Rs 15-lakh structure.