Mandap Mood: Paris Disneyland In Jharpada This Durga Puja

03 October 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: Durga Puja is a time to celebrate with pandal hopping, good food, new clothes, meeting relatives and merry-making. This is the time when monsoon ends and the winter steps in. The environment is just apt to tour the city and explore the marvels of art and craft portrayed in the puja pandals.

Jharpada Durga Puja Samiti has constructed a replica of Disneyland Park of Paris this year.  The mammoth structure is being built keeping children in mind. There will be two parks set up in front of the pandal where children can play with Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck along with others from the famous cartoon world.

The idol at Jharpada this time will be 12 feet tall and the medha will be 20 feet high. The Goddess Durga will don a silver crown and ornaments. The idol and medha are being designed and crafted by Cuttack-based artisans while Kolkata-based professionals are decorating the pandal.

"We have focussed on replicating international monuments from the past decade. This time it is Disneyland of Paris. It will be an added attraction for our little friends. Volunteers from Scout and Guides will be deployed to maintain decorum. Besides, there will be 25 CCTV cameras for keeping a watch on the overall law and order situation," said Arun Kumar Jena, a senior member of the Jharpada Puja Committee said.

Devotees will be served prasad comprising khichdi on Shasthi, Saptami, Navami and Vijaya Dasami while halwa will be served on Ashtami. A Meena Bazaar having various food stalls and joy rides will also be set up for the visitors during the puja. Ravan Podi will be held on Vijaya Dashami, Jena added.

Arun Kumar Jena, Secretary, Jharpada Durga Puja Committee