SILCHAR: Last year Kali Puja festivities, enjoyment, mirth and merriment were marred by heavy rains. This year the same thing has not been repeated. People were seen enjoying the festivities throughout the night. Diwali nights have always been a night of lights and sound. Streets and areas of the town remained crowded as people went for pandal hopping. Members of various puja committees found it hard to manage the crowd which made a beeline for the various pandals. Silchar Shamshan Ghat remained buzzing throughout the night.
Many political leaders and leading personalities visited the ghat and offered their prayers to Goddess Kali. Hinduism has attached a great importance to Amavasya. Marking the mid-point of the waxing and waning phases of the moon, Amavasya is a dark night when the moon is not visible in the sky. 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 Shamshan Ghat 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 pandals in Silchar town which have maintained the serenity and an aura of sacredness. 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. 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.
From one end of this town to the other end i.e. from Link road to Malugram, the streets remained buzzing with devotees. The town wore a bridal look. A large number of puja pandals attracted people from all corners. Janiganj Kali Committee, Apostles Club of Malugram, Kallol Sangha of Sonai road, Vanguard Club of Ghaniala, Rongpur Yuva Shakti Club Kali Puja Committee, Mandirdighir Par Puja Committee of Bilpar and Zero Boys Club of Premtala, among others wonderfully decorated their pandals and idols and dazzled everyone through their unique lighting and sound system.
Some of the clubs and committees also conducted cultural programmes. Most of the puja pandals were inaugurated on Tuesday night. It is pertinent to mention here that Janiganj Kali Puja Committee has been outstanding in all aspects. Be it decoration, lighting of sound system, they have been mesmerizing devotees for the last few years. This year, Apostle Club has based their puja theme on the role played by small animals like frogs in maintaining the environment.
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