From a Correspondent
Dibrugarh: Saraswati Puja was celebrated with great pomp and show in Dibrugarh along with different parts of Assam on Monday. People were seen coming out in large numbers to seek the blessings of the Goddess of Knowledge. The town was dotted with a large number of puja pandals that were thronged by devotees of all age groups. That being said, the highest amount of excitement and liveliness was seen among the students who paid obeisance to the female deity and sought her blessings for their studies. The schools and other educatiol institutions, including Dibrugarh University, came to life on the occasion of Saraswati Puja. Being centres of education and knowledge, they observed the festival with much alacrity and welcomed the respective students to their premises. Some of these institutions also organized cultural functions where prayers, including Saraswati vanda, were recited.
The festival, once again, proved to be a great unifier of different religions. Students from other faiths were also seen taking part in the festivities and merriment surrounding the Saraswati Puja.
DEMOW: Saraswati Puja was celebrated in Demow and its surroundings areas. Devotees invoked divine blessings for improving learning skills. Students prayed before Goddess Saraswati. Later, young boys and girls came out on the streets to celebrate Saraswati Puja. The students went to their respective educatiol institutions wearing colourful dresses. However, some school students wore their uniform. After the anjali, the prasad was distributed among the students in educatiol institutions.
PATHSALA: Saraswati Puja was celebrated in Bajali and its neighbouring places. Students rushed to schools and colleges to offer their prayers and to seek divine blessings of Goddess Saraswati. Saraswati idols, brought in the school and college campuses the previous evening, were worshipped in the morning hours followed by distribution of prasad. Schools, colleges and other establishments across the Pathsala town wore a festive look because of Saraswati Puja on Monday. Colourful pandals were also put up in some places, where devotees thronged to offer their prayers and become a part of the celebration.
Large crowds of students, all dressed in colourful attire, were seen at the campuses of all educatiol institutions in the town since morning, including Bajali College, Krish Kanta Handique Junior College Pathsala, Andaram Baruah Academy College, Sikhapith Adarsha School and Jr. College, Gilbert English Medium School, Sankardev Sishu Niketan School and many other institutions of the town.
TANGLA: Saraswati Puja was celebrated with much pomp and gaiety in Tangla, the educatiol hub of Udalguri district. Dressed in traditiol outfits, youths and students thronged the schools and junior colleges to offer puja to the goddess of learning. From the morning, students wearing their traditiol best gathered at the respective institutions to pay obeisance to the Goddess of Learning.
Tangla College also celebrated Saraswati Puja with great enthusiasm. The students of the college gathered in large number to seek blessing of Goddess Saraswati. The festive spirit was, however, dampened as the Tangla Police had impounded several motorbikes of college youths who did not have driving license or were drunk, some even with all the necessary documents. The motorbikes numbering more than 60 were taken custody and were not released till the filing of this report in the evening. The conscious circles opined that without hassling the youths they could have been fined on-spot. In a nut-shell the ‘moral policing’ took the sheen off the celebration.
UDALGURI: The students of various institutions worshipped Bagdevi (goddess of knowledge) by organizing puja en mass. The students of Jangal Borigaon ME School offered prayers to the goddess. Prem Bahadur Limbu, headmaster, Gita Devi, Som Prasad Gautam, Bikash Mardi and Kiran Sarma, assistant teachers, prayed for the academic excellence of their students. The students of Aspire Junior College, Udalguri College and others also worshipped the goddess of knowledge.