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Durga Puja a celebration of life in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Oct 13: In Jamshedpur, Durga Puja is more than just a festival. Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the eastern India and one of the most important Hindu festivals, is not just a time for worship and ritualism.

Thakur Jai Mangal Singh Baliguma NH-33

Of course, those are inseparable from any festival, but Durga Puja means much more than these. The city is known for its festivities related to the Puja.

The Milanee Bistupur

Climatically, the month of Ashvin (the time of Durga Puja) is a relatively ‘good’ one for India. The height of summerand the floods of the monsoon are both past, giving way to clear skies and a crisp air.

The Milanee Bistupur

For many pujas, it is also an occasion for ‘home coming’. A large number of students pursuing higher education in metro cities, look forward every year to come back home and spend time at home during the puja.

East bengal Colony Shiv, Durga , Kali Temple.

This year too a bunch of youths are in city visiting the city and enjoying every moment of it.

Hind Club New Rani Kudar Kadma
Hind Club New Rani Kudar Kadma

Shudhanshu Kumar, a BCom student studying in Mumbai, says “For me pujas are more than just a festival. It is that time of year which gives me a moment to meet my old friends.

Maha Bhog after Maha Ashtami Puja performed at the Durga Puja mandap in Ashiana Anantara housing complex at NH 33 in Mango, was distributed among flat owners in their respective apartments in keeping with the state government’s directives as protective measures against COVID infection.

Spending days during pujas remain etched in the heart forever. “It is simply impossible to describe the atmosphere of Durga Puja in Jamshedpur to someone who has not seen it for himself or herself,” he noted.

New Sidgora Durga Puja Committee
Cinema Maidan, Sidhgora

The ambience, the fervour, the sounds of dhak – all these create such a celebratory mood that one cannot but be swept away by it.” Neeta, who now works in New Delhi and enjoys Durga Puja in city , feels that the Puja of Jamshedpur cannot be recreated elsewhere.

Sakchi Rajender Nagar Durga Puja Committee

She added that it is that time of year again – the fragrance of shiuli in the air, the swish of tangails on the streets, the colour of joy on the faces. The entire city of Jamshedpur turns into a fairground during the four days of Puja with almost everyone coming out of their houses to attend community functions,” she says.

A Hindu priest offer prayers to a girl child during ‘Kunwari Puja’ on the occasion of eight-day of Durga Puja festival in Ranchi, Jharkhand, on Wednesday, October 13.

With about 320 puja pandals adoring, the city has turned into an exotic location where radiant faces of the people speak volumes of the importance of the festival. The artistically carved idols of Goddess Durga are also set to attract the devotees a lot.

Sitaramdera Aadya Mandir

Meanwhile,  respecting the sentiments of devotees, the district administration has allowed the Jamshedpur Durga Puja Committees to distribute Bhog through home delivery. 

Sri Sithla Mata Mandir Durga Puja Committee, Sakchi

The administration has said that the committees can home deliver Bhog but only under strict Covid-19 protocols. The move comes following rising demand from several social and religious seeking approvals for distribution of bhog.      


DC Suraj Kumar said that the focus of this year’s Durga Puja continues to be on precautionary norms. 

Hindustan Mitra Mandal, Golmuri

He said that the State government has said that no community event or gathering of crowd in or around the pandal should be done for distribution of bhog. The same can be done through home delivery.

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