Preparation for celebrating the forthcoming Durga Puja, largest religious festival for the Hindu community, is going on everywhere in Rajshahi division including the Rajshahi metropolis at present.
People of the community are passing their busiest days with the works of decorating and painting idol and puja mondaps ahead of their festival.Idol makers commonly known as Pauls are passing their busy days in the final touch works of idols of Hindu deities. With only two weeks left, the Pauls are working round the clock to make sure that the idols are ready in time.
Kartik Paul, who is involved in idol-making profession for over 24 years, has made 34 idols in last two months in the current season and has been working for some others at present. Taka 30,000 to 60,000 are spent for each of the idols, he said.
He said that about one hundred Paul groups of Rajshahi are now busy making idols for mandaps and they have already completed 80 per cent works of making the idols.
Swapon Ghosh, a devotee who supervises a puja mandap in Kumarpara area of the city, informed that preparations for the upcoming Durga Puja are on the final stage.
Shyamal Kumar Ghosh, Rajshahi city unit general secretary of Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad, told BSS that the Durga Puja will be celebrated in festive mood here.
Decorations of temples, lighting, and setting up of mandaps are expected to turn the city into a festive look within the next couple of days, he added.Deputy Inspector General of Police Hafiz Akter told BSS that the Durgotsob will be celebrated in 3,282 puja mondaps in all eight districts under the Rajshahi division in addition to 99 in Rajshahi city this year from October 5 to 8.
Police administration of all the respective areas have chalked out elaborate security measures to make the celebration a total success, he added.
“We have adopted tight security measures to make the Rajshahi city’s durga puja celebration festive and successful,” said Humayun Kabir, Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police.