Doors Open at Durga Puja Pandals in Patna

Durga idol at Bangali Akhara in Patna.

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Patna: Durga Puja is in full swing in Patna and other parts of Bihar where the door of the puja pandals opened on Wednesday amidst large crowd of devotees eager to get the first glimpse of the Devi.

The door of the puja pandals opened on Wednesday morning allowing devotees to get a glimpse of Ma Durga. From Patna Saheb on the eastern end to Sheikhpura at the western outskirt of the city, dozens of pandals, designed after famous national landmarks, opened their doors as thousands of eager devotees rushed in to get the first glance of the Devi.

Famous artisans from across the nation were seen giving the final touch to the idols of Goddess Durga and other Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu religion. One could see a beautifully decorated replica of Mayapur Temple of West Bengal at the Kurji Mor or visit Rukunpura to see a copy of Gujarat's Akshardham Temple. At Boring Road crossing, you could see the copy of Delhi's Laxminarayan Temple and on Boring Canal Road, a lavish replica of Chennai's Ramkrishna monastery was drawing huge crowd.

Other places to visit include pandals on Station Road, Kankarbagh, Thakurbari Road, Bangali Akhara, Gardanibagh, Lohanipur, Khajpura, Raja Bazaar, Dak Bungalow Crossing and other places known for their spectacular showing each year.

For the next two days, devotees will offer prayers at various pandals and temples with the 10-day ceremony culminating with Dussehra on Saturday – the same day effigies of Ravan, the demon king, and his brothers would be burnt at Patna's historic Gandhi Maidan.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, meanwhile, sent his Durga Puja wishes to the people of Bihar asking them to pray for peace and prosperity of the state.

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