Guwahati (Assam) [India], October 1 (ANI): After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Durga Puja fervour has gripped Guwahati with the pandals embellished with unique themes and beautiful decorations.
In Chatribari area in the capital city of Assam, the Chatribari Sarbajanin Debo Pujasthan Samiti has built its Durga Puja pandal like a library.
With this theme, the Puja committee wants to encourage people to read.
The Durga Puja pandal with a library motif features great personalities and literature linked to the Assamese literature.
Speaking to ANI, SK Paul, President of Chatribari Sarbajanin Debo Pujasthan Samiti said, "We have taken the library theme to showcase the power of knowledge. Our main aim is to build this year's Puja pandal like a library to encourage our new generation to read books."
"We have put up at least 5,000 books written by renowned writers on the shelves. We are also trying to introduce the renowned Assamese writers to our new generation. We have tried to show a brief introduction of the renowned writers in the pandal," added Paul.
The Chatribari Sarbajanin Debo Pujasthan Samiti has built idols of Goddess Durga by using more than 18,000 colourful pens.
The Hindu festival of Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Sharodotsava, is a yearly celebration that honours the Hindu goddess Durga and commemorates her victory over Mahishasur.
Over the years, Durga Puja has become an inseparable part of Indian culture with innumerable people celebrating this festival in their own unique way while pertaining to tradition.
Hindu mythology holds that the goddess comes to her earthly abode at this time to bless her devotees. For the Bengali community, Durga Puja is the biggest festival. This year Maha Shashti falls on October 1 and Vijaya Dashami on October 5.
The significance of Durga Puja goes beyond religion and is revered as the celebration of compassion, brotherhood, humanity, art and culture. From the reverberation of 'dhak' and new clothes to delicious food, there remains a merry mood during these days. (ANI)