Delhi Durga Puja: Colonial-era Kolkata houses, environment friendly idols ready to greet revellers

Would you like to get a glimpse of Kolkata’s colonial-era houses during this Durga puja? Go to Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park where craftsmen put the finishing touches to a themed pandal with louvered windows, a courtyard and staircases.

Another Organizing Committee of Durga Puja in the city is doing one eco-friendly panda with boxes, disposable wooden spoons and rice husks.

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As Delhi prepares to celebrate Navaratri and Durga Puja with fervor after two years Covid-related lullCraftsmen hope to make up for the loss they have suffered during the pandemic.

Saurav Chakraborty, the secretary of the Durga Puja Committee at the Chittaranjan Park Cooperative Grounds, said: “The pandal will look like a traditional house in Kolkata. We focus specifically on the details like louvered windows and colonial-era iron locks and chains for doors.” Stalls for food, saris and toys were set up on the cooperative premises, and cultural programs were also planned for the first time in two years.

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A puja pandal in Chittaranjan Park’s K Block is made with paper, cardboard, disposable wooden spoons and rice husks.

Pintu Haldar, who is part of the team decorating the K-Block pandal, said: “We design it with swans that we made from shredded paper. The face of Goddess Durga is designed with rice husks on cardboard.” “Most of us have been unemployed for the past two years. This year we see a glimmer of hope for reviving the loss,” he said, adding that organizers are in high spirits for this year’s celebrations.

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Rakesh Dey, the designer of another puja pandal in the K block, said that it usually takes a month to design certain themed puja pandals.

“Before the pandemic, it took us at least two months to complete the work. But this time we weren’t sure about the number of orders,” he said.

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In New Ashok Nagar, the theme of this year’s Pandal is Being environmentally friendly. One of the organizers said that the materials used to build the pandal and Durga idols are “eco-friendly”.

“The idol is made of clay. We don’t use plaster at all. Watercolor is used to paint the idols as it is considered to be one of the safest and most environmentally friendly mediums,” said Manoj Pradhan, the idol maker of the Durga puja in New Ashok Nagar.

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