TEZPUR: Devotees and puja revelers of Dhekiajuli are in for a special treat this year, with one of the major pujas of the town opting to go the eco-friendly way. The Durga Bari Puja Committee at Vivekananda Road in Dhekiajuli town, which has been celebrating Durga Puja since 1962, is sending a green message and promoting the use of eco-friendly material for this Durga Puja season.
The six-feet Durga idol, which has been sculpted using raw wood and jute in different forms, has been conceptualized and executed by Abhijit Sarkar, propreitor of Ecstasies by Abhi and son of Swapan Sarkar, working president of Durga Bari Puja Committee, to mark 60 years of the puja committee.
The decor props are created with materials which are directly sourced from nature such as bamboo, coconut coir and shell, jute stick, jute fibre, fruit seeds, rope, stone, clay, wood, etc.
"With our initiative we are striving to send the message that our festivals can be celebrated with full fervour in an eco-friendly way, without using any kind of plastic. We believe that everything in this world is a piece of art and hence being a creative house we are celebrating art in our own style," said Abhijit Sarkar, speaking before mediapersons.
Founded and led by Abhijit Sarkar, the house boasts of having a team (comprising mostly women) which is very passionate about various kinds of creative projects. He also runs an organization called Roots Indie which makes eco-friendly gifts and décor. The organization is directly empowering women by providing employment for girls and women in the Dhekiajuli area.
The puja was inaugurated on Mahasaptami by Jatin Kar, president, Swapan Sarkar, Poltu Sen, secretary of Durga Bari Puja Committee in the presence of committee members.