GUWAHATI- Ahead of the Durga Puja festival, the Assam government on Tuesday has decided to provide Rs 10,000 to each 6953 puja pandals across the state as grants-in-aid.
The decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting held in Guwahati under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Announcing the cabinet decisions, Assam Tourism Minister Jayanta Mall Baruah said that, ₹ 10,000 each would be given to 6953 puja pandals as grants-in-aid.
This initiative demonstrates the government’s commitment to safeguarding cultural heritage and increasing community engagement.
Durga Puja committees of Guwahati are busy making final preparations. To attract devotees and pandal hoppers, the Puja committees have come up with innovative, theme-based pandals. People are excited and curious to see what attractive pandals will be built this year.
With a budget of Rs 45 lakh, the pandal of the Bishnupur Sarbajanin Durga Puja Udjapan Samiti at Bhaskarnagar will be a replica of the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.
The pandal of the Maligaon Rest Camp Puja will be an aquarium and the budget of the Maligaon Rest Camp Kalibari Durga Puja Udjapan Samiti is Rs 40 lakh.
The Athgaon Sarbajanin Durga Puja Udjapan Samiti will showcase the traditional ways and presentation of the tribal people. The budget of the committee is Rs 28 lakh.
The Geetanagar Sarbajanin Durga Puja Udjapan Samiti, with a budget of Rs 28 lakh, will build a replica of a Buddhist temple in Thailand.
A pandal in the shape of 65-foot Shivling has been erected at Latasil at the Guwahati Sarbajanin Durga Puja Udjapan Samiti