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Agartala Durga Puja Pandal pays tribute to 19 Indian Army Soldiers martyred in Uri Terrorist Attack

Thousands of puja revellers thronged the Agantuk Club Durga Puja pandal (marquee) here to pray before the goddess and pay their respects to the martyred soldiers

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Agartala, October 8, 2016: Departing from the normal, a Durga Puja pandal (marquee) here is paying tribute to the 19 Indian Army soldiers martyred in a terrorist attack on their camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir last month.

Thousands of puja revellers thronged the Agantuk Club Durga Puja pandal (marquee) here to pray before the goddess and pay their respects to the martyred soldiers.

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“We have displayed the photographs of those martyred in Uri to keep alive the memory of their sacrifice,” Kanraj Sarkar, a senior member of the Agantuk Club, told IANS.

Agartala Durga Puja Pandal with Uri Attack theme, Facebook
Agartala Durga Puja Pandal with Uri Attack theme, Facebook

“TSR (Tripura State Rifles) troopers also paid their homage to the slain soldiers,” he added.

Sarkar, who conceptualised the pandal, said several especially-made oversized candles would illuminate the area.

“After the Uri attack, we changed the design of the pandal and decided to pay homage to our soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. And, after the surgical strikes (across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir), we felt there is utmost need to show our gratitude to them,” Sarkar said.

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Meanwhile, though at least 2,515 community Durga Pujas, including 1,495 in rural and interior areas and about 100 family events are being held in Tripura, the one at the Durgabari temple of the erstwhile royal family remains the main attraction for numerous reasons, including for its centuries-old customs that are kept alive to this day.

The erstwhile royal family closely oversees the 500-yeaqr-old Durgabari temple’s Durga Puja, which is sponsored by Tripura’s ruling Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist. The state government’s sponsorship is mandated under the agreement by which the Tripura merged with the Indian Union on October 15, 1949.

With ‘Maha Sasthi’ or ‘Bodhan’ — the welcoming of the Durga idols — the five-day long Puja began on Friday at the Durgabari temple, located in front of the 115-year-old Ujjayanta Palace, eastern India’s biggest royal mansion, now turned into a museum.

Traditional themes, prevailing issues and events continue to dominate Puja pandals in the state with historical events forming part of the theme for decorations.

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Since Friday afternoon, people have started visiting the pandals to see the imaginative decorations and Durga idols across the state. Teenagers and children are adding to the festivities.

“Unlike in the past, there are no reports about extremists creating problems or asking people not to organise the Puja. The number of Durga Pujas has also increased in rural and remote areas,” Tripura Director General of Police K. Nagaraj told IANS. (IANS)

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Diwali 2017: 5 Fun things You can do this Diwali Instead of Bursting Crackers

How to celebrate Cracker -free Diwali? Here are 5 wonderful ways to make your Diwali joyful this year.

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Diwali 2017: Celebrate Cracker-free Diwali this year.
  • No crackers this Diwali? No problem.There are other ways to celebrate Diwali 2017 with the same excitement and joy.
  • The ban on crackers this year has given us a chance to celebrate Diwali 2017 in many other interesting ways with Family and friends.

There can so So much more than bursting crackers on Diwali. Here are 5 ways to enjoy Cracker-free Diwali 2017 

1.Prepare a Diwali Feast: Preparing Delicious Diwali Dishes and Sweets can be a good idea to enjoy Diwali this year. Show off your cooking skills and treat your family with mouthwatering food. Good food can add joy to any celebration, it is tried and tested formula to enjoy and bring smiles on the face of family and friends.

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Preparing Delicious and Sweets can be a good idea to enjoy Diwali this year. Wikimedia

2. Go Green: Some gardening skills can add to your joy this Diwali. Plant a sapling in your home and instead of giving any other gifts to your loved ones, gift a plant to them. This will not only add to the uniqueness of the gift but will encourage a pollution-free Diwali this year.

Also Read: Diwali 2017: Significance of the Diwali, Celebrations & Rituals, Date & Diwali Recipes

3. Try out the old tradition of Playing Cards on Diwali 2017: Playing Taash (cards) can be fun this Diwali with family and friends.Teen Patti is the most popular card game played on the festival of Diwali. You can also play monopoly if you are not sure of winning with cards.

4.Karaoke or Dance Party: Music is the best way to enjoy on every occasion. You can play Antakshari with your family or can throw a dance party on Diwali 2017. A karaoke night this Diwali can add your joy for sure.

5.Spread Happiness: Instead of spending money on crackers, help the underprivileged children in your neighborhood by buying them new clothes, sweets and Diyas. This year control pollution and spread happiness to truly enjoy the festival of lights.

-prepared by Pragya Mittal |Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Durga Puja Pandal Decoration Catches Cinema Style, Baahubali Palace Will Be In Cruise This Year In Kolkata

The Baahubali Palace will be the home to Goddess Durga Maa. Given the popularity of the film series, it surely will be a big crowd-puller and also showcase a slice of the variety in Indian culture.

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Goddess Durga Idol

Kolkata, September 20, 2017: Let your Durga Puja travelogue be a medley of cinema, sensitization and emotion this year.

Walk through the palace of Mahishmati, the ancient kingdom portrayed in “Bahubali 2”, let specialists answer your queries on IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), or learn about the life and work of the Kumartuli potters, whose creations — the famed clay Durga Puja idols — symbolise the very spirit of eastern India’s biggest carnival of piety, fun, food and fiesta.

Teeming with over 3,000 Durga Puja (marquees), the city is all set to welcome the goddess and her children. It is also suitably decked up to shock and awe visitors — both domestic and international.

For starters, in the northeastern fringes of the city, a 100-foot-high marquee, mirroring the set of Mahishmati, is to come up at the Sreebhumi Sporting Club’s venue.

“Given the popularity of the film series, we thought it will not only be a big crowd-puller but also showcase a slice of the variety in Indian culture,” D.K. Goswami of the club told IANS.

Preferring to keep the budget under wraps, Goswami, however, doled out the basic design of the pandal.

The entry would be through a giant archway where an elephant with its raised trunk will be standing atop pedestals. Amarendra Bahubali would be seen climbing along the trunk — as in the sequel’s posters.

“The entire pandal would be made of plywood and fibre and the figures would be life size. The goddess would don gold jewellery in the style of the film. It is worth Rs 10 crore,” Goswami said.

Also along the city’s fringes, on the EM Bypass arterial stretch connecting east and south Kolkata, is the Purbalok Sarbojanin (community puja) which is dabbling in IVF and test-tube babies as its theme.

“The prime motivation for us was to dispel myths surrounding the procedure and also generate awareness on fraudulent practices,” Kuntal Choudhury of Purbalok Sarbojanin told IANS.

ALSO READ: This Durga Puja Brings Narratives of Communal Harmony.

Budgeted at Rs 28 lakh, the pandal, shaped like a uterus, is coming to life with over 4,000 glass test tubes, beakers, burettes and other paraphernalia narrating events leading to a genesis of life with respect to the IVF procedure.

IVF specialists, including Baidyanath Chakraborty and others, are expected to be present to deal with the FAQs surrounding the procedure.

Meanwhile, the 86-year-old Kumartuli Sarbojanin adjacent to the potters’ quarters, is busy dealing with another fact of life. They are showing the inception of the goddess Durga from straw and clay to adorning her with the prettiest of clothes and jewellery to bidding her adieu on the fifth and last day of the festival through the customary immersion.

The marquee houses a Durga idol on a trolley, idols of her children ferried by labourers and a truck outside the structure signifying the final journey of the goddess to the immersion ghats.

The marquee is fabricated with the items the craftsmen use to bring the goddess to life — bamboo, wood, straw and clay.

“We craft the idol with reverence as we think of her as our own daughter. When the Durga puja ends and the goddess departs (immersion), the feeling is the same when your own daughter sets off with her husband after marriage for a new life,” said Babu Pal, a spokesperson for the idol makers. (IANS)

 

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Get Your Home Festive Ready for Dussehra and Diwali!

Can't wait for Dussehra and Diwali? Neither can we! These tips will help you get your house festive-ready!

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From decorating the halls to hosting friends and family, use our tips and tricks for making your home ready for Diwali and Dussehra. Pixabay

New Delhi, September 9, 2017 : With Dussehra and Diwali round the corner, get your home festive ready with thorough cleaning, cushions in silk, chanderi or zari embroidered fabrics, fresh flowers and scented candles, suggest experts.

Dipti Das, Design Head at interior design and decor online platform HomeLane and interior designer Pramitha Roche, have shared ideas on how you can decorate your home tastefully for Dussehra and Diwali :

  •  Use traditional hand-crafted fabrics and prints. Silks, chanderi, fabrics with batik or block prints and zari embroidery are all the rage. You can also add some traditional carpets.
  •  Use copper and brass crockery when guests come calling.
  • Add mirrors with embellished or copper-toned frames to add a little bling to your interiors.
  •  Instead of painting the whole house, use one prominent wall and paint it with a pretty motif or adorn it with a decal or wall hanging to add to the festive spirit.
  •  Good lighting can easily set the right mood. Light up your home in layers with some ornate lighting fixtures and lamps.
  •  Highlight a wall by painting it in cheerful earthy warm hues like solar yellow, rustic red and emerald green.
  •  Fresh flowers and scented candles are ideal for those who want to keep the decor understated.
  •  Ensure your towels, napkins, table runner and door mats are in the same vibrant shade to keep symmetry going.
  • Bring out the prized centrepieces for your coffee table and dining table. (IANS)