Dhing: Organizers of the Dhing Nepali Gaon Durga Puja Udjyapan Samitee in Middle Assam's Nagaon district have undertaken a unique initiative to keep the mood light and happy amid the gloom over the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed several thousand India since it landed on our shores.
The committee consists of 30 households belonging to the Gorkha Community. Notably, the Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the Gorkha community and they celebrate it as "Bada Dashein". The organizers of this Puja told Inside Northeast that through this gesture, they want to send a massage of "cultural integration and communal harmony being a part of the greater assamese society."
In pictures that have surfaced online, it has been seen that the idols have been made to wear vibrant and colourful traditional Assamese attire bringing much delight to netizens.
In a bid to give the celebrations an Assamese touch, the organizers of this particular puja have decked up the goddess in traditional "mekhela chadar" attire.
The committee headed by President Mohan Chetry, Secretary Lohit Chetry, and treasurer Biraj Chetry exude hope that through this beautiful display of traditional attire to adorn the idols, the Assamese people will be happy and thrilled as Bihu could not be properly celebrated due to the COVID-19 crisis. Through Durga Puja, they opine, the spirit of Bihu can be relived once again.
It needs mention here that the Durga Puja or Durgotsava festivities have begun. The five-day celebrations began today with Maha Sasthi, the day when the idol of Goddess Durga is brought and placed at the altar.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently said a maximum of 50 people would be allowed at a pavilion at a time and wearing a mask is mandatory for everyone from committee members to devotees. No pavilion would be allowed to be open beyond 10 p.m.
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