Even as Phailin wreaked havoc smashing several puja pandals and causing huge financial losses during Durga Puja last year, the Puja Committees are in mood to tread cautiously.
The Durga Puja is just a month away and all major puja committees in Bhubaneswar have braced up for the biggest festivity in the city.
The craftsmen from West Bengal have already started working on some of the never-seen-before pandals across the city.
According to an estimate, the budget for such each of such Puja Pandals is estimated to be between Rs. 6 to Rs. 35 lakh.
Here are some Puja Pandals to watch out for in Bhubaneswar this year.
Old Station Puja Pandal
The Old Station Puja Committee – the oldest in the City – is creating a 45 feet high pandal that would depict lack of conservation measures at three heritage sites of Odisha.
These are Sun Temple at Konark, Dhauli Shanti Stupa here and Lalitgiri in Jajpur. The gate of the pandal, to be set up at a cost of 35 lakh, will have replicas of these heritage sites in their present condition.
“We will show the damage done to these sites, Konark and Lalitgiri in particular, due to years of apathy by the officials concerned,” said Deepak Jena, secretary of Old Station Bazar Puja Committee.
Rasulgarh Puja Pandal
The Rasulgarh Puja Committee is setting up a 70 feet high Buddhist monastery of Sikkim, which will be ornately designed with steel and aluminium.
Around 40 artisans from West Bengal have been roped in for the work that began soon after Ganesh Puja.
Nayapalli Puja Pandal
Nayapalli Puja Committee has decided to construct a replica of the majestic 19th century Laxmivilas Palace of Vadodara.
According to the Puja Committee, only thin strips of bamboo sheets will be used to make the 70 feet high and 120 feet wide replica.
Saheed Nagar Puja Pandal
Saheed Nagar Puja Committee is creating a pandal with sea shells and their powder. Artisans from West Bengal have been hired to create this piece of art.
Courtesy: The New Indian Express