Mon, Mar 27, 2017 | updated 12:08 PM IST

Final preparations for Durga Puja celebrations underway in Tripura

Updated: Oct 06, 2016 08:45 IST
Agartala [India], Oct 6 (ANI): Last minute finishing work of pandals and idols are going on at a war footing speed after the preparations for the Durga Puja celebrations have been affected due to rain during the past few days in Tripura.

Decorators are busy giving the final finishing to the pandals, while artisans are working hard colouring the idols.

With the sky becoming clear and the sun coming out, the artisans are again busy in giving the Pygmalion touch to the idols and decorators, who are engaged making beautiful pandals (makeshift temples), have speedup their activities to complete their work before the Durga Puja festival that starts from Friday.

"Only three days are left for the puja and we are very busy working 24 hours day and night because without that we cannot complete our task and keep our commitment to our customers. Our staffs are also working hard. Compared to last year the number of pujas has increased and I also got more order. This time I have completed 28 idols and there were order for few more but I refused," said Narayan Rudra Paul, an artisan.

Not only locals but every year thousand of artisans also visit West Bengal who work here in idol making or decorating the pandals and thus Durga Puja is a big source of income for many.

Sanju Nath an artisan said, "We are from Nadia district of West Bengal and working here for the last five years. The situation here is very congenial and we enjoy working here so keep coming here. Our theme is based on jute. West Bengal is famous for its jute products but the industry is getting ruined and here we have make the idol out of jute. There is huge work pressure and so we are working day and night to fulfill our target."

Meantime, security arrangements have been intensified for a peaceful celebration of the puja said DG police K Nagraj.

"Elaborate security arrangements have been made and according to available information some 4100 pujas are taking place in the state. About 1000 plus are taking place in the urban areas and 494 pujas are taking in and around Agartala. We have made adequate security arrangements and we are installing CC cameras. Few have been already installed and more shall be installed by next two days. Mobile patrolling has been increase in the highways and other roads for the safety of those coming from outside and smooth movement. Rail connectivity is also there this time and we are taking measures for the safety and smooth movement," said DGP Nagraj.

Durga Puja is the prime festival of Tripura celebrated both by the non-tribal and tribal section of people with full devotion and merrymaking.

Colourful pandals, variety types of idols and festivities - Tripura is in a celebration mode again as the rain god has stopped.

The organisers have heaved a sigh of relief and are busy completing their work to give the best show during the puja.

Millions of Hindu devotees worship deities and visit specially designed pandals during the festive season to revere Goddess Durga.

This year there has been an increase in the number of pujas as the celebration resumes even in the remote areas where once due to militant threat the celebration, a symbol of unity among the tribal and non-tribal, had to be stopped. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Extending support to Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, the Congress on Monday said that Air India staffer Sukumar was equally at fault.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central Government to file a detailed reply and the roadmap within four weeks stating about the proposed line of action in connection with farmers' suicide issue.

Full Story >>

Govt. looks forward to consensus on GST

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 11:42 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Looking forward to a consensus on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Monday expressed hope that the above legislation is passed in the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Monday reiterated that the state government will only act against slaughterhouses that are illegal.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to give any date on the issue of making Aadhar mandatory, saying that it would hear the matter in due course of time.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday said it would likely hear the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) petition filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking a direction for a thorough check into the machines alleged tampering issue after eight weeks.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): As the meat sellers across Uttar Pradesh went on an indefinite strike from today against the crackdown on illegal and mechanized slaughterhouses, they urged Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to fight for the nation and not for 'gosht'.

Full Story >>

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): After newly elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath banned illegal slaughterhouses in the state, the police denied permission to a family seeking use of beef in their function.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): A car with 31 cartons of liquor was seized on Monday from Seemapuri area here.

Full Story >>

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): As a part of Rotary Literacy Mission Campaign, three women have started their journey from Coimbatore, covering a total of 24 countries and concluding at London.

Full Story >>

New Delhi/Osmanabad (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): The Shiv Sena has given a shutdown call in Maharashtra's Osmanabad in support of MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India employee on flight.

Full Story >>

Arrah (Bihar) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former home secretary R.K. Singh has said any nationalist won't tolerate if someone utters slogans of 'Bharat tere tukde honge' and would thrash that person.

Full Story >>

Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Incidents of utter apathy showing inconsideration of the people and government has time and again come to light but there has been no remedy.

Full Story >>

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF) troops of border outpost Paharipur shot dead a Pakistani intruder ahead of the B.S. Fence on Monday morning.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): The Finance Bill, 2017, The Appropriation (Railways) Bill, 2017 and The Appropriation (Railways) Number 2 Bill, 2017 will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today for consideration and return.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): After the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) refused to answer as to why the conversion of old currency was not allowed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Monday taunted the Central Government saying it didn't listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's orders and work differently.

Full Story >>

Gulbarga [Karnataka], Mar. 27 (ANI): Condemning the recent Bikaner rape case, women activists on Sunday demanded a stricter law against the perpetrators who commit such heinous crimes with women.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): The Samajwadi Party on Sunday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that 125 crore Indians wanted to create a 'Bhavya and Divya Bharat' and asserted that instead of saying this, the former should have urged the youth to use their skills in India rather than going abroad.

Full Story >>

Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): At least one policeman was injured in an encounter when heavily armed terrorists attacked the ancestral home of Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Hajj and Auquaf Syed Farooq Andrabi in poll-bound South Kashmir's Anantnag on Sunday evening.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): A mild tremor was felt in the nort-eastern state of Sikkim early in the morning at 3.12 a.m. today.

Full Story >>