Laxmi Puja celebration in the district headquarters town kicked off in a grand way at about 40 puja pandals on Tuesday. The festivities would continue till October 18.
Distinct and innovative pandals have come up in the seven km stretch from College Square to Korian Bypass. Laxmi Puja has been celebrated in the area since 1923.
This year, the puja pandal in Ratan Bazaar is celebrating its golden jubilee while that of Gopabandhu Bazaar is observing silver jubilee. Social issues and themes have found a major display in several pandals.
Adding to the festivities, Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) and district administration are organising a national level Pallishree Mela at Dhenkanal main stadium. As many as 227 stalls have been set up by entrepreneurs from 15 States in the fair.
District and police administration have made elaborate arrangements to ensure an incident-free puja. The focus of district police is on strict traffic management in town. Joint Puja Committee chairman Gyanendra Behera expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by the district and police administration.
As many as 16 platoons of police force including 12 from outside the district have been deployed in the town. The Puja Bazaars have been divided into five sectors each headed by a DSP. Fifteen temporary police outposts with extra personnel have been set up to keep an eye on mischief mongers during puja celebration.
Source: New Indian Express