Bhubaneswar: The Durga Puja festivities have gripped the entire state and the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are all decked up for arrival of Maa Durga. Streets are filled with people en route to visit pandals and pay obeisance to the Astabhuja.
In this lively atmosphere, the Baramunda Puja Pandal has gone white signifying peace and harmony and emulating the design of Delhi’s famous Akshardham temple. The interior is, however, more colourful. The goddess’ favourite colours red, orange and yellow in used in abundance.
The construction of the pandal began in August immediately after Ganesh Chaturthi. About 40 workers toiled day and night, and the result is mesmerizing.
Ramachandra Ranasingh, President of Baramunda Puja Committee, said, “Showing solidarity to the plastic ban, we have tried to make the entire mandap plastic-free and also made posters to create awareness for the same. In an attempt to create traffic awareness, several banners are placed in the area.”
Ten CCTV cameras have been fixed in and around the pandal to keep an eye on the visitors and miscreants, if any. Around 100 volunteers are enlisted to make the visitor’s darshan hassle-free.
Ranasingh also thanked Khandagiri Police for their full support and cooperation.