A total of 210 puja mandaps will be set up in all the seven upazilas in the district this year
Preparations are being taken in Jamalpur for the five-day religious festival of Durga Puja, the biggest religious function of the Hindu community in the country. The festival will begin from October 22 and will come to an end on October 26.
A number of massive pandals are being set up for puja celebrations in Jamalpur. Idol artists are engaged in giving the final shape to idols of Goddess Durga and demon king Mahishasur round the clock in the district.
The 5-day long festival of the community will begin with due respect and religious fervor through the immersion of idols at different water bodies including ponds, canals and rivers.
After visiting different puja mandaps in the district town it was seen that the artisans (Malarkars) are passing their busy times with painting and other necessary works to make the idols very attractive and nice looking to the devotees and the visitors. Some artisans have been shaping the idols at mandaps, while some of the artisans are working from home.
The artisans said: "We have to spend around Tk18,000-20,000 for constructing each idol. It takes about three to four rickshaw-van full of soil, a maund of straws and other materials to make an idol. The straws and soil costs Tk2,000. Apart from this, the rest of the cost is incurred for wood, bamboo, paddy powders, colours, etc."
Liton Chandra Pal, an artisan from Muktagacha upazila in Mymensingh district, has come to shape the idol in a 300-year-old temple, Doyamoiye Mandir, in Jamalpur.
He said: "I have taken orders from 12 clients this year. Among those, I took a Tk80,000 contract in order to construct a set of idols for the Bus Truck Owners' Association in Muktagacha upazila."
Babu Pradip Kumar Som, president of District Puja Udjapon Parishad, said a total of 210 puja mandaps would be set up in all the seven upazilas in the district this year. Last year 206 puja mandaps were erected in the district.
"All the devotees at the mandaps must wear masks and the organizers should follow the directives of the government amid the pandemic," said Babu.
A preparatory meeting to arrange the festival in the district peacefully is yet to be held in the district, Babu added.