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71-foot-tall Durga idol in Noakhali!

  • Published at 07:13 pm September 28th, 2016
  • Last updated at 04:20 am September 29th, 2016
71-foot-tall Durga idol in Noakhali!
Begumganj upazila, once blessed by the presence of Mahatma Gandhi on a communal peace mission, hit the headlines again after it was reported that a 71-foot-tall goddess Durga idol is being made there to celebrate the upcoming largest festival of Bangladesh’s Hindu community. Tapash Saha, secretary of Bijoya Puja Udjapan Committee of the Bijoya Puja Mandap on Chowmuhani College Road of the upazila, the largest in Bangladesh by area, claimed that it is the tallest Durga idol in the country. However, the Dhaka Tribune could not independently verify the claim. It is being made to celebrate 20 years of the mandap, he added. Durga Puja, the largest festival among Bangla-speaking Hindus both in Bangladesh and West Bengal, will kick off on October 7. [caption id="attachment_18643" align="aligncenter" width="400"]An sculptor is seen busy in detail work of the 71-feet-tall idol Ranajit Chandra Kuri/Dhaka Tribune An sculptor is seen busy in detail work of the 71-foot-tall idol Ranajit Chandra Kuri/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] The height of the idol signifies the 1971 Liberation War, members of the Bijoya Puja Udjapan Committee told the Dhaka Tribune. A huge gathering at the mandap is expected to witness the idol as the news of the idol has already been circulated through social media, organisers said. Ratan Lal Saha, president of the district Puja Udjapan Parishad, said 158 puja mandaps had been set up in nine upazilas this year. Of the total, 19 puja mandaps have been set up in Sadar upazila, 18 in Begumganj, 11 in Sonaimuri, 9 in Chatkhil, 12 in Senbag, 13 in Companiganj, 16 in Kabirhat, 29 in Subarnachar and 31 in Hatia upazila. Sculptors are busy providing final touches to idols and decorating different puja mandaps ahead of the five-day festival. [caption id="attachment_18642" align="aligncenter" width="800"]An sculptor is seen busy in detail work of the 71-feet-tall idol Ranajit Chandra Kuri/Dhaka Tribune An sculptor is seen busy in detail work of the 71-foot-tall idol Ranajit Chandra Kuri/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Though security measures remained a concern for the organisers this year as news of vandalising idols and militant attacks from different corners of the country have been making headlines lately.
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Noakhali Superintendent of Police Md Eliash Sharif said adequate security had been taken for each mandap. Badre Munir Ferdous, deputy commissioner of Noakhali, echoed the SP. “Two male Ansar members, two female Ansar members and two police personnel will provide security at each mandap of the district,” he said. Each puja committee will engage volunteers alongside the Ansar and the police members, confirms Ratan Lal Saha.