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Tinplate Durga Puja steps into 90th year with Shankracharya theme

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Jamshedpur, Sept 27: The Tinplate Sarbajanin Durga Puja is all set to touch its 90th annual milestone as the committee gears up to expand on its traditional theme pattern. This time, on the 90th year of Durga Puja festivities, the theme will be on ‘Shankracharya – the unifier of Indian tradition through spiritual values.’

The Tinplate Durga Puja committee will organize the festivity at the Evening Club in Golmuri and the pandal will be erected in the form and style of the Shankracharya Mandir at Srinagar. The Durgotsav will be inaugurated on Maha Shasthi on Saturday, October 1 evening.  The inaugural programme will comprise dances and songs that will depict India’s spiritual progress as philosophized emphatically by Shankracharya.

Elaborating further, the Tinplate Sarbajanin Durga Puja Committee Secretary, Arun Sarkar stated during the press briefing, “We organize Durga Puja with the stamp of tradition. We endeavor to hold aloft our traditional, cultural heritage through programmes to further encapsulate the glory and pride of spiritual values.”

The organizing committee executives assured that single use plastic would be banned in and around the puja pandal.  The other attractions during the Tinplate Durgotsav will include the Bodhan (welcome) of the Divine Mother on Maha Shasthi evening of Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 pm. the formal inauguration will be followed by dance recitals and songs enunciating spiritual values as set by Shankracharya through time.

Traditional Nav Patrika will be traditionally  ushered in followed by Pushpanjali, morning and evening Arti and cultural programmes that will mark Maha Saptami celebration on Monday, October 2. The following day, on the occasion of Mahashtami Pushpanjali, Sandhi Puja, evening Arti will be followed up with cultural presentations by various artistes.

The organizing committee executives informed that the main attraction through the 90 years has remained the Maha Prasad organized on the occasion of Mahanavami Puja. Giving details on the Mahanavami Puja and Maha Prasad, Vice President Deb Prasad Singh averred, “The Maha Prasad that we offer to Ma Durga and then distribute among devotees on Mahanavami.  More than 300 home cooked items are offered to Goddess Durga for consecration. The local people play a major role to maintain the traditional values of Maha Prasad. This year will be no exception. And of course, the centuries old tradition of Dhunuchi Naach will be another attraction on the evening of Maha Navami celebrations. Cultural presentations wi;ll be organized following the Sandhya Arti and Dhunuchi Naach.”

The past two years had been a low-key affair due to the persisting COVID-19 prevalence.  The suppressed festive desires are expected to rush back in true Newton’s third law of motion. The only constant factor would be the traditional touch that has been the hallmark of the Tinplate Sarbajanin Durga Puja through 90 years of exciting times that Durgotsav evokes.

The press conference was also briefed by the other Puja Committee members who included, apart from Secretary Arun Sarkar and Vice President Deb Prakash Singh  Sudeshna Dey (President of the committee’s SAHELI wing) and Jaya Sarkar (Secretary of SAHELI).

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