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Durga puja carnival begins

Durga Idol at Chatteswary colony. (NP)
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, Oct 5:
Published on 6 Oct. 2008 12:46 AM IST
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The festivities began with 'Mahahashthi' celebration as goddess Durga who arrives with her children Laxmi, Sarswati, Kartic and Genesha, was invoked setting the mood for five days unalloyed revelry and socialization. Dimapur, which boasts of around forty communities' puja this year dominated by various themes reflecting social concern and depicting creativity at its best. Like every year, this year also the Durga puja community of 'Chatteswary Durga Bari' has started the celebration on Sunday focusing on peace, unity and prosperity. The celebration started with invocation pronounced by the children and young women of the colony. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Arun Kumar Nandi, a prominent businessman and member of Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Dimapur presiding as chief guest expressed his satisfaction over the preparation and enthusiasm shown by the youth of the colony who had put their efforts in making the celebration a 'remarkable' one. He also advised them to keep up the spirit and to work for progress, development and to maintain the peaceful atmosphere of the colony. Also speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mihir Kanti Roy a senior citizen said that the committee first started the celebration in 1992 with very few members and all these days it was carried with great radiance. This year the celebration was handed over to youths and he uttered hope that the youth would keep up the same spirit and further wished them success and happiness. The committee secretary, Minto Bhowmick also speaking on the occasion said that the committee would try its best and would put their whole efforts in making it enormous and asked for cooperation from all the residents of the colony and from other people. While people have started 'pandal'- hopping wearing new clothes right from the morning, the crowd is expected to swell in the evening on all five days of the autumn carnival of Bengalis.

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