FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SILCHAR, Nov 11: The newly installed idol of Goddess Kali in the newly constructed Kali Temple at the local Hindu cremation ground in Shashan Road area of the town was the major attraction for the pandal hoppers during the puja. The 14 feet tall fiber glass idol has been sculpted by renowned sculptor Sanku Paul of Karimganj. It has been designed by Piyush Deb, retired government servant in a state public engineering unit. The idol symbolizes true glory of Almighty and also absolute supremacy of Kali, the destroyer of evil.
By the evening, with the swelling number of visitors to the pandals, the celebration took the shape of a carnival. A huge number of devotees flocked to Shashan Kali temple to pay their tribute to the goddess of destruction. In the midst of all the noise and bustle of big budget celebrations, there have also been puja mandaps in Silchar town which have maintained the serenity and an aura of sacredness. Under Silchar municipality area, there were hundreds of puja pandals.
Women and children, in large numbers, were seen hopping the temple and pandals of the town in comparison to other years when they would mostly refrain from going out on Kali puja. Unlike other years, crackers were also not used in large quantities by puja organizers. The sound system at different puja pandals were humming and buzzing with devotees and visitors. The police and security forces were in their usual alertness. Police along with officers from intelligence department, fire service and electricity department made arrangements for smooth functioning and conduct in all the puja pandals and other public places. Besides, CRPF personnel have been deployed in different parts of the town to maintain peace.