03 October 2019
Cuttack: The preparations for Durga Puja are in full flow in Cuttack Chandi temple where instead of the usual 10 days, the festivities go on for 16 days. The age-old temple is taking a new look this year’s Sharadiya Durga Puja celebration with special decorations using fruits and flowers.
“Taking inspiration from the Puri Jagannath Temple’s Rath Yatra decorations, the innovative decoration Cuttack Chandi Temple was decided”, informed a group member Kiran Kumar Sahu. He added that their 10-member group soon grew to be almost 30 members.
“What had originally started as a pet project with everyone pooling in their savings, soon garnered attention and appreciation from many. Localites too happily contributed to the novel verve. Seeking permission from Cuttack Collector we proceeded with our plan. As many as 10 decorators from Kolkata were engaged for the adornment using fruits and flowers”, said another group member Kaundi Behera.
The members also hoped that if they continue to have blessings of Maa and support from their community then they would continue their innovative decorations for the Cuttack Chandi temple.
The Cuttack Chandi Mandir, one of the oldest temples in Odisha, attracts more than 20 lakh devotees a year. Here, Goddess Katak Chandi is worshipped and she is considered the presiding deity of the Silver City.
The Goddess takes up a new form of Shakti in the 16-day festivity starting from Ashwina Krishna Ashtami till Ashwina Shukla Navami and Vijayadashami. Devotees offer a variety of delicacies to the presiding deity including fish as ‘bhoga’ during the Sharadiya Durga Puja celebration.