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Jamshedpur, Oct11: Its Durga Puja time…The Puja organized by Jairam Youth Sporting Club in Adityapur and Thakur Pyara Singh Dhurandar Singh Club in Kasidih, has become synonymous with four days of unadulterated fun, food and family. Both the puja pandals are drawing large crowds.

Hordes of families thronged Durga Puja pandals in the city on Maha Saptami. It being a weekend helped and many came early in the morning. Women, kids, and even men dressed in bright colours came to offer prayers (pushpanjali) and stayed for bhog.

Despite it being a warm afternoon, most visitors stayed for competitions and games at some pandals. Thousands of men, women and children, turned up in their best on the streets of the Steel city making rounds of different marquees as the Durga Puja festivities got off to an electrifying start in Jamshedpur.

With the azure sky belying the party-pooping rain forecast of the met office, people walked shoulder to shoulder soaking in the fun and gaiety as a spruced-up Jamshedpur was resplendent under lakhs of kilowatts of bright lights, twinklers and pompous marques.

Like earlier years, this time too, there will be back-to-back gala evenings of musical extravaganza and cultural shows performed by local artists at CH Area Puja in Cricket training centre ground. Besides the cultural programme and prayer offerings, Bhog will be served every day during the three days of the Puja.

Kasidih Pandal which opened for visitors from Wednesday has become a centre of attraction for the people in and around the city. Devotees of Goddess Durga will be able to visit the pandal venue till 14th October. The fair will be however open till 17th October.

The pandal has an underwater interior that would make the visitors feel as if they were under the sea water. A huge air conditioner of 55 tonne capacity will be installed inside the pandal for the relief of the visitors.

Jairam Youth sporting Club pandal in Adityapur which like every year tries to create an eye-catching pandal has come up with a fort with sounds of ghosts and phantom as you enter through the tunnel.

Jusco has come up with an idea of Eco-Friendly Durga Puja as a result of this 5 Durga Puja Committees have agreed to use Eco-Friendly bags for distribution of Bhogs during the puja.

This initiative first started with Ganesh Puja and has been adopted by 5 Durga Puja Committes this year namely Northern Town & Circuit House, Utkal Association, Bandhav Samity, Singhbhum Circket Association and Green Enclave.

The five-day festival – the biggest in eastern India – is being celebrated across the state, with every city, small town and village joining in the merriment.

The community pujas in the city number around 250 this year, while hundreds more have been organised in the districts.

The goddess, astride a lion and wielding an array of weapons in her ten hands, stays for four days to eradicate all evil from the earth before returning to her husband Lord Shiva at Kailash on Dashmi.

The festival will conclude Monday, when the idols would be immersed by teary eyed devotees in the rivers, lakes and ponds.

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