By Baisakhi Chakraborty and Anirudha Dutta
NABADURGA community Durga Puja in Kolkata’s extreme south in Garia has entered 76th year this autumn. Mitali Sangha is the organiser of this puja.
Extinction of gas lamps to evolution of LEDs (light emitting diodes) is what the Nabadurga puja pandal is showcasing this year. The theme has been conceived by Bapai Sen with the aim to make people familiar with the evolution of lights over the ages.
Added to this, artist Sanatan Rudra Pal has sculpted nine different forms of the goddess Durga that have been placed by the sides of the main Durga idol inside the pandal.
Terracotta, clay, and fibre glass have been used to in making replica bells, hurricane, funnels, and 8500 LEDs that have perked up the pandal. The sprawling pandal premises have given it a spiritual mood.