With the festival season just around the corner, the OCC Club Durga Puja Committee is all set to celebrate Durga Puja with a lot of grandeur and traditional gaiety.
Known for its incredible art work among the city residents, the OCC Club puja pandal is yet again set to enchant the pandal hoppers this festive season. Being designed on the concept of Rajasthani dolls ‘Gudiyon ka Desh’, the pandal will be open to take the visitors into a fantasy land from October 2.
In its 49th year, at the Old Commissioner Compound puja pandal the idol of Goddess Durga will be about 11 feet in height. For the first time in Jharkhand, the residents of Ranchi will witness a three dimensional painting effect in the traditional Rajasthani attire of the idol.
“In Ranchi, OCC Club was the first one to start making theme based Durga puja pandals. This year a fantasy world of dolls is being created ensuring that it is absolutely environment friendly. Pandals on the themes of Mowgli, Mahabharat, Lagaan have been made earlier. This time the 3D Rajasthani effect for the apparel of Goddess Durga will surely mesmerize the devotees,” said Rajendra Singh, President OCC Club & Puja Committee.
The pandal will feature Rajasthani dolls about 30 to 35 feet in height and will also have puppets made from natural products like bamboo, shells, conch and dry grass. The interiors will also have a grand display of lights to captivate the audience. About 25-30 artisans from Bengal have been working on the pandal since August 4. The entire structure will be about 40 feet high and 110 feet broad where as it is being primed at a whopping cost of Rs 18 lakh.
For the foodies, various food stalls will be put up while for the kids a fair is being organised. On the occasion of Mahanavmi, kichdi bhog will be made during the day. In the evening, 56 varieties of food items will be offered to the deity which will also be made available to the devotees at a cost of Rs 501. A lottery ticket at Rs 5 will also be available.
Special security arrangements are being made to avoid any untoward incidents and six CCTV cameras are being installed for the same. Separate lines using barricades for male and female revellers will be made. To maximize cleanliness dry and wet dustbins will be placed. The organising committee has asked RMC to collect garbage twice a day and also install portable toilets.