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By A Newsman

AFTER Bengal and Tripura, Barak Valley in Assam is another abode of the Bengalis in India. And like all places inhabited by the Bengalis, here too Durga Puja is the main festival.

In Silchar, the hub of Barak Valley, the history of Durga Puja is over 200 years old. The town is dotted with hundreds of community Durga Pujas; there are a few household Durga Puja too ~ the prominent one being at the house of erstwhile zamindar Baroda Kanta Das at Purna Pal Road.

We present below a photo tour of the select community Durga Pujas in Silchar with their uniqueness being explained in the caption.

Silchar Paschim Ambicapur Puja Pandal
PASCHIM AMBICAPUR (AMBICAPATTY DURGA SHANKAR PATHSALA): THIS PANDAL LOCATED IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF ASSAM ASSEMBLY’S DEPUTY SPEAKER AND BJP MLA DILIP PAL DEPICTS THE DISNEY WORLD. INSIDE THE PANDAL IS A FOUNTAIN WITH ARTIFICIALLY PUMPED IN SURF THAT HAS PROVED A MAJOR DRAW FOR THE KIDS.
Silchar Paschim Ambicapur Puja Idol
PASCHIM AMBICAPUR (AMBICAPATTY DURGA SHANKAR PATHSALA): THE IDOL, MADE OF PAPER MACHE, SITS ON A LOTUS. IT IS DIFFICULT TO REALISE THAT IT IS NOT MADE OF CLAY TILL YOU TOUCH.


 


Silchar Sonai Road Tarun Club Pandal 1
SONAI ROAD TARUN CLUB: OVERALL THE BEST THEME PANDAL IN SILCHAR THIS YEAR. HERE THE PANDAL DEPICTS THE HARDSHIP THAT PARENTS UNDERTAKE IN RAISING THEIR CHILDREN AND IN CONTRAST THE ILL TREATMENT OR NEGLIGENCE THAT THE CHILDREN GIVEN THEM IN RETURN ON GROWING UP. THE PANDAL HAS BEEN MADE WITH WOOD DUST, DRY FLOWER PETALS, FRUIT SEEDS ETC.
Silchar Sonai Road Tarun Club Pandal 3
SONAI ROAD TARUN CLUB: THE PANDAL PREMISES PRESENT THE HARDSHIP OF THE PARENTS IN THE FORM OF CLAY ART.
Silchar Sonai Road Tarun Club Pandal 4
SONAI ROAD TARUN CLUB: THE PANDAL PREMISES ALSO NARRATE THE INDIFFERENCE THAT GROWN UP CHILDREN OFFER THEIR PARENTS, EVEN OFTEN FORCING THEM TO LIVE IN OLD AGE HOMES.
Silchar Sonai Road Tarun Club Pandal 2
SONAI ROAD TARUN CLUB: THE CLAY IDOL OF SHRAVAN KUMAR CARRYING HIS BLIND PARENTS ON SHOULDER FOR A PILGRIMAGE HAS BEEN PLACED AT THE CENTRE OF THE PANDAL PREMISES TO REMIND THE PRESENT GENERATION OF THE INDIAN VALUES ABOUT CARING FOR AGED AND AILING PARENTS.
Silchar Sonai Road Tarun Club Idol
SONAI ROAD TARUN CLUB: THE IDOL IS MADE UP OF FRUIT SEEDS, DRY FLOWER PETALS, PLUSES, AND HUSK.


 


Tarapur RS Rice Mill Pandal
TARAPUR RICE MILL: THE PANDAL HAS BEEN THEMED ON A BUDDHIST MONASTERY. THE CRAFTSMANSHIP IS SO SUPERB THAT AT THE FIRST GLANCE IT APPEARS LIKE A REAL ONE.
Tarapur RS Rice Mill Idol
TARAPUR RICE MILL: THE IDOL IS ANOTHER PIECE OF INNOVATIVE WORK AND IS MODELED ON CHHAU DANCERS OF PURULIA IN BENGAL. THE INTERIOR OF THE PANDAL ALSO HAS POSTERS NARRATING THE PAST AND PRESENT OF CHHAU DANCE.


 


Silchar Ashram Road Puja 40 ft idol
ASHRAM ROAD SARBOJANIN: THE IDOL 4O FEET IDOL MADE OF THERMOCOL IS THE PRIME ATTRACTION OF THIS PANDAL. SILCHAR’S NOTED ARTIST BACCHU DAS HAS CONCEIVED THE THEME AND HAS CRAFTED THE IDOL.
Silchar Ashram Road Puja pandal interior 1
ASHRAM ROAD SARBOJANIN: INSIDE, ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE PANDAL, THERE ARE LARGE THERMOCOL IDOLS OF KARTIK AND SARASWATI.
Silchar Ashram Road Puja pandal interior 2
ASHRAM ROAD SARBOJANIN: INSIDE, ON THE LEFT HAND OF THE PANDAL, THERE ARE LARGE THERMOCOL IDOLS OF LAXMI AND GANESH.


 


Silchar Bilpar Mandirdighi Puja pandal
MANDIR DIGHI (BILPAR): THE PANADL HAS BEEN ERECTED AT THE CENTRE OF THE NATURAL LAKE WHICH IS A LANDMARK IN THE AREA. VISITORS CAN NOT STEP INTO THE PANDAL BUT THE VIEW FROM THE SPRAWLING FRONT YARD IS MESMERIZING ENOUGH.


 


Silchar Bilpar Puja pandal
BILPAR (TERAPANTH YUVAK SANGHA): THE PANDAL IS MADE OF RUNNING PLASTIC SHEETS AND UMBRELLA.
Silchar Bilpar Puja pandal interior 2
BILPAR (TERAPANTH YUVAK SANGHA): INTERIOR OF THE PANDAL HAS PROVED A HUGE CROWD PULLER.
Silchar Bilpar Puja pandal ceiling
BILPAR (TERAPANTH YUVAK SANGHA): THE ROOF HAS BEEN DONE BEAUTIFULLY WITH WHITE UMBRELLAS.
Silchar Bilpar Puja Idol
BILPAR (TERAPANTH YUVAK SANGHA): THE INNOVATIVE IDOL IS AN EYE CATCHER.


 


Silchar Public School Rd Puja Pandal 2
PUBLIC SCHOOL ROAD (SOUTH BILPAR): THE ENTIRE PANDAL HAS BEEN BUILT USING NATURAL STRAW, WHICH 100 PER CENT ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY.
Silchar Public School Rd Puja Pandal Ceiling
PUBLIC SCHOOL ROAD (SOUTH BILPAR): CRAFTSMANSHIP AND ILLUMINATION IS SOMETHING TO MARVEL.
Silchar Public School Rd Puja Idol
PUBLIC SCHOOL ROAD (SOUTH BILPAR): THE IDOL HAS A TRADITIONAL LOOK.


 


Tarapur Kalimohan Road Pandal
TARAPUR KALIMOHAN ROAD: THIS SIMPLE BUT EYE-CATCHING PANDAL IS LOCATED NEXT TO THE RESIDENCE OF FORMER UNION MINISTER SANTOSH MOHAN DEB AND HIS CONGRESS MP DAUGHTER SUSHMITA DEB. THE DEB FAMILY HAS ALL ALONG BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PUJA FOR DECADES NOW.
Tarapur Kalimohan Road Idol
TARAPUR KALIMOHAN ROAD: THE IDOL IS A BLEND OF BOTH TRADITIONAL AND MODERN LOOK.


 


Tarapur Pratham Palli Pandal
PRATHAM PALLY CLUB TARAPUR: SMALL BUT BEAUTIFUL PANDAL MADE OF CLOTH AND THERMOCOL.
Tarapur Pratham Palli Idol
PRATHAM PALLY TARAPUR: THE IDOL HERE DEPICTS THE NATARAJ LOOK.


 


Silchar Tarapur Motorstand Puja pandal
TARAPUR MOTOR STAND: ONE HAS TO CLIMB A SHORT STAIRS TO REACH THE PANDAL WHERE THE IDOLS OF DURGA AND HER ENTOURAGE STAND SEPARATE FROM EACH OTHER.
Silchar Anandaparisha Tarapur puja pandal
ANANDA PARISHAD TARAPUR: THIS IS ONE OF THE OLDEST DURGA PUJAS IN SILCHAR AND IS NONE FOR AESTHETICS. INTERIOR OF THE PANDAL ADORNS POSTERS PAYING TRIBUTE TO MARTYRS FROM THE ARMED FORCES.
Silchar Anandaparishas Tarapur Idol
ANANDA PARISHAD TARAPUR: THE TRADITIONAL IDOL IS AN EYE-SOOTHER.


 


Silchar Itkhola Durgabari Puja Pandal
ITKHOLA DURGA BARI: THIS PUJA HAS ENTERED INTO ITS 104TH YEAR. THE PANDAL IS A PERMANENT ONE.
Silchar Itkhola Durgabari Puja Idol
ITKHOLA DURGA BARI: THE 10 FEET DURGA IDOL HERE WEARS TRADITIONAL LOOK.


 


Silchar Madhyasahar Puja Pandal
MADHYA SAHAR NARSINGTALA: THE PANDAL MADE OF HAY, BAMBOO, THERMOCOL IS AN EYE-GRABBER.
Silchar Madhyasahar Puja Idol
MADHYA SAHAR NARSINGTALA: THE IDOL HAS A TRADITIONAL LOOK.


 


Silchar Medical Sales Men Puja pandal
MEDICAL SALES PEOPLE PUJA HAILAKANDI ROAD (BT COLLEGE): THE PANDAL IS OF SIMPLE LOOK BUT THE ATTRACTION IS THE IDOL.
Silchar Medical Sales Men Puja Idol
MEDICAL SALES PEOPLE PUJA HAILAKANDI ROAD (BT COLLEGE): THE IDOL HAS BEEN BUILT USING SEEDS OF VARIOUS FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.


 


Silchar Sonai Road Rakhi Sangha Pandal
RAKHI SANGHA SONAI ROAD: THE TALL BRIGHT PANDAL GENERATES A SPONTANEOUS ATTRACTION.
Silchar Sonai Road Rakhi Sangha Interior
RAKHI SANGHA SONAI ROAD: THE INTERIOR IS FASCINATING.


 


Silchar Rangirkhari Day Light Club Pandal
DAY LIGHT CLUB RANGIRKHARI: THE PANDAL IS SIMPLE BUT BEAUTIFUL.
Silchar Rangirkhai Day Light Club Idol
DAY LIGHT CLUB RANGIRKHARI: THE INNOVATIVE LOOKING IDOL IS A MUST SEE.

 

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