NILPHAMARI: “As Nilphamari has acquired a reputation for its beautiful clay idols, we are receiving orders from other districts, including Jhenaidah, Sherpur, Netrokona, Jamalpur, Pabna, Gaibanda and Sirajganj,” said an artisan.
Artisans are busy for making clay idols ahead of Durga Puja in Nilphamari district, which is the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community.Meanwhile, an idol of Durga, about 20 feet tall, has been erected at Debir Danga area of Sadar upazila of the district. Every day, hundreds of people throng the area to watch the sculpting of the idol.
Artisan Sukumar Paul, Hari Pada and Jayanta Kumar Roy said, “They began erecting the idols of Maa Durga at 20 different Puja Mandaps in the town adjoining areas of a couple of the month back”.
“After completing most of the works, we are working now round the clock to give finishing touches superbly to the idols with different colours to make those more charming, aristocrat and beautiful,” Jayanta Kumar added.
Ratna Sinha, joint secretary of Mahila Awami League of Nilphamari district said, the Durga Puja, is the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community. I hope the festivities we will enjoy peacefully.
“She expressed satisfaction over the steps being taken by the district police administrations for ensuring peaceful celebrations of the upcoming Durga Puja festivities across the district”.
President of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Nilphamari Advocate Axay Kumar Roy said, “A total of 875 Puja mandaps were erected in the district last year, but this year some of Puja mandaps are reduced due to the Corona”.While contacted, Moklesur Rahman, Superintendent of Police (SP) in Nilphamari told the correspondent, “That the, Durgotsav will be celebrate in six upazila under the district this year from October 17th to 21st. Accordingly, members of law enforcers have been kept alert to ensure the festivities happening peacefully”.
However, preparations are continuing in full swing amid huge enthusiasm to celebrate the five day of Durga Puja festivity with due religious fervour, gaiety and solemnity in the district.