Durga Puja With A Difference !
The dawn smells of night-blooming jasmine. The mornings have a certain chill in the air. Nature is signalling the oncoming celebration of Shakti, a celebration of the victory of good over evil - Durga Puja is just round the corner!
Durga Puja, which is one of the most awaited festivals here in Assam, as in Bengal, is celebrated with great fanfare. The preparations start months before, especially for the community Pujas.
This year, there is a social cause attached to the celebration. The recent drive undertaken by the Assam government to reduce plastic use and avoid single-use plastics, various Puja committees across Assam, in association with the local administration, have come forward to play an active role in this crusade.
From Hailakandi in the Barak Valley to Sivasagar in the Brahmaputra Valley, artisans, organisers and the administration are working on eco-friendly ways of celebrating Durga Puja.
To start with, the committees have been requested to follow a “No-Plastic” rule. The administration has asked the committees to do away with plastics and other hazardous pollutants. Accordingly, many Pandals are planning to use bio-degradable and eco-friendly materials to all possible extents.
The Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has directed all district administrations to encourage the Pandal Committees to convey some social message and create public awareness about different relevant issues existing in our society today, through their themes and decor. In addition to this, the government has ordered local administrations to ramp up security, and take additional measures to ensure that people’s safety is not compromised at any point during the celebration.
IT’S SURELY DURGA PUJA WITH A CAUSE !