**Bhubaneswar: ** Durga Puja is celebrated with lots of fanfare and decorations at many places in Bhubaneswar but this year, the organisers seem to get a glimpse of monuments of different countries in their pandals with a ‘desi’ touch. The 80-feet high pandal at Bomikhal reflects an eco-friendly replica of London’s Royal Courts decorated with supari (betel nuts).
With just few hours left for the onset of Durga Puja, the artisans are sweating overtime to give final touches to it.
“About 35 artisans have worked hard round the clock for around one and half months to make it a successful venture. We also aimed to give the green message, therefore, the use of betel nuts,” said Parsu Jena of Bomikhal Puja Committee.
The 100-feet wide pandal has another attraction too.
“On Astami, around 1000 women devotees turn up to offer their prayers and seek blessings through keeping their new sarees at the feet of the Goddess thus seeking their blessings. It is believed that that saree then becomes auspicious and lucky for the wearer,” added Parsuram.
The Bomikhal Puja Committee has been organising Puja pandals since 1963, and this year has tried to give the visitors a chance to visualise the original foreign monument in Bhubaneswar itself.