Cuttack: Puja committees in Millennium city are famous for celebrating Dusshera with grand welcome arches but the lavishness has now trickled down to Ganesh Puja also. Like Durga puja, the Ganesh puja in Cuttack is catching up as more and more youth clubs are observing it with a lot of enthusiasm and fanfare.
A record number of 900 puja mandaps came up in Cuttack this year out of which 600 mandaps to take part in the immersion ceremony, as people here have started following the trend of Mumbai.
This has become a concern for the police over a growing number of people who express interests in the immersion ceremony which in turn creates an adverse law and order situation, besides compounding the perennial traffic problem of the city.
Two years ago, Orissa High Court expressed its dissatisfaction over this breaching of law and order in the city arised due to immersion ceremonies and later went on to declare that the immersion ceremonies to be held on Public holidays and Sundays only.
In order to get rid of the traffic problem in the city, the immersion ceremonies this year will be held on three Sundays i.e. 3rd, 10th and 17th of September as the Ganesh Chaturthi in commencing on 25th August.
Binapani club of Chauliagunj had erected a 35 feet high idol of Lord Ganesha which was a replica of Mumbai’s Lalbagh ka Raja and had drawn a lot of attraction, around 3 years ago. This has stirred a competition among other mandaps to erect an attractive idol.