2013 Durga Puja Celebrations in Silchar City
Silchar situated on the banks of the River Barak is greatly dominated by Bengali population. Durga Puja also known as Durgotsava is the biggest festival in Silchar city.
Silchar Durga Puja starts with Mahalaya i.e. the first phase of waxing moon in the month of Aswin. On this day thousands of people from the entire Barak Valley offers prayers to their ancestors at the bank of River Barak which is popularly known as Tarpan. A special reading from the Chandi and Agamani Songs welcoming Goddess Durga are relayed by All India Radio very early in the morning.
Festive preparations in Durga Puja in Silchar begin a month or two in advance with the construction of beautiful idols of Goddess Durga, Mahisasur, Ganesh, Kartik, Saraswati and Lakshmi. Eminent personalities from the world of Painting and culture are assigned to do eye catching work on the images of Goddess Durga. Beautiful pandals made of paper, bamboos, wood, clothes and material surprises the people not only from the city but from other parts of the country.
Silchar Durga Puja is usually celebrated for five days that starts with Shasthi Puja followed by Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and lastly Dasahmi. Devotees are provided free ‘bhog’ that is a popular Bengali cuisine during these days and devotional songs form part of these celebration. The festival comes to an end with the emersion of the idol in Sadarghat on the last day.
Some of the best Durga Puja Pandals in Silchar and their locations are stated as under:
• Ananda Porishad, Tarapur Puja
• Dakhin Bilpar, Public School Road Puja
• Rice Mill Puja, Tarapur
• Ambikapur Purba Para, Ambicapatty Puja
• College Tila Durga Puja, College Road Puja
• Tarun Sangha, Sonai Road Puja
• Mitali Sangha, Bilpar Puja
• Kali Mohan Road, Tarapur Puja
• Ambikapur Chowrangee, Ambica patty Puja
• Subhash Nagar Durga Puja, Subhash Nagar Puja
• Sashan Road Durga Puja, Sashan Road Puja
Durga Puja is also celebrated in rural areas of Barak Valley like Lakhipur, Jiribam, Poilapool, Baskandi, Kashipur, Udharbond, Kumbhirgram, Shalganga, Rongpur, Poilapur, Bashkandi, Dhootpatil, National Highway Road, Ramkrishna Ashram, Hailakandi Road, Sonai Road, Katigora, Borkhola, arkatipur, nagatila, kalain, Masimpur, Badarpur, Panchgram, Katigorah, Barkhola, Dhurbond, Amraghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Lala Bazar, Katlichora, Shiv Bari Road, Kali Bari Road, Ram krishna Nagar, Algapur, Sonabarighat, Ratabari, Dholai, Sonai, Labok, Labac, Tarapore Tea Garden, Diwan Tea Garden, Kali Nagar, Tikorbasti, Manipuri Basti, Digorkhal, Patharkandi.