Durga Puja themes in Ranchi include “Nuclear Blast”, “Chhau Folk Dance”

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A Durga puja pandal depicted a mushroom cloud to show the damage caused by nuclear testing.

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With permission to celebrate Durga Puja without COVID-19 restrictions after a gap of two years, Ranchi organizers have based their pandals and idols on a myriad of themes ranging from a nuclear explosion to Chhau dance and religious structures.

Performers, mostly from neighboring West Bengal, were seen putting the finishing touches on the idols as the marquees open for revelers on Saturday.

The pandals have also been based on the culture, tradition and religious structures of Jharkhand.

The Durga Puja Committee at Ranchi Railway Station depicted a mushroom cloud to spread the message of environmental damage caused by nuclear testing.

Environmentally friendly materials were used in the pandal, and a rainbow-shaped design was erected at the front of the marquee to exhibit the color of nature. Munchun Rai, chairman of the committee, said, “Our pandal theme this year is environmental conservation. We have represented a mushroom cloud to show that nature must be protected from the nuclear threat. We spent around Rs 40 lakh to shape the concept. “

Bakri Bazaar, known for its large puja pandals, this year built a replica of an ISKCON temple under construction in West Bengal’s Mayapur. The height of the marquee is approximately 90 feet.

Ashok Choudhary, Chairman of Bakri Bazaar Puja Organizing Committee, Bharatiya Yuvak Sangh said, “Artists were brought from Paschim Medinipur district in West Bengal and they built the pandal after two months of hard work. ” He expects the pandal to draw crowds.

The Satya Amarlok Puja committee showcased the art and culture of Jharkhand in its pandal at Marwari Bhavan on Harmu Road.

At the entrance, the Chhau dance of Seraikela-Kharsawan was performed, while wooden mannequins with traditional instruments such as ‘dhol’ and ‘nagada’ were seen welcoming visitors.

Committee spokesperson Suresh Agarwal said the theme promotes the art and culture of Jharkhand and Rs 13 lakh was spent on the pandal.

Netaji Nagar Durga Puja Samiti in Kantatoli gave a message on road safety by showing in his pandal two helmeted elephants driving motorbikes.

The inside of the marquee shows a person trying to kill an animal while another tries to protect it.

“Our theme is based on protecting life. We have used environmentally friendly materials in idols and other items,” said committee secretary Rahul Kumar.

A replica of the Africa Fishing Festival has sprung up near Albert Ekka Chowk at an estimated cost of Rs 20 lakh.

Ramesh Singh, chairman of Chandrasekhar Azad Durga Puja Samiti organizing the puja, said eco-friendly items were used to erect the marquee and the committee banned the use of plastic at the venue.

Meanwhile, the Ranchi district administration has been preparing to ensure safety, security, smooth road traffic and uninterrupted power supply during the five-day festivities, officials said.

About 2,000 additional security guards have been deployed and 1,000 CCTV cameras installed at strategic locations. In addition, sniffer dogs and deep-seeking metal detectors were used. In addition, drone cameras will be deployed on important pandals, a senior police officer said.

The city has been divided into 10 security zones and vigilance has been increased, he said.

Chief Minister Hemant Soren, at a recent meeting, had instructed the puja committees to follow instructions issued by the administration. He had also ordered the Ranchi administration to ensure the security, power supply and cleanliness of the city during the festivities.

He called on everyone to be careful about COVID-19 despite a reduction in cases, and urged people to celebrate the festival by maintaining peace and harmony.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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