The famous Gajalaxmi Puja of Dhenkanal begins here on Saturday with much festive fervor and gaiety. This year Goddess laxmi is worshiped in around 38 puja pandals here. In Dhenkanal Goddess Laxmi is worshipped for 11 days starting from Kumar Purnima.
Every puja pandals here has decorated their pandals beautifully. Several puja committees also came up with huge bamboo and cloth erected pandals based on different themes, dazzling light decorations and also light gates have been erected across the town.
Pratikshya Sahu, a local resident of Dhenkanal said, ” With much anticipation we await for our famous Gajalaxmi puja, we explore the puja with our family and friends and have the darshan of Goddess Gajalaxmi in different pandals and try different flavoursome foods, enjoy the swings. ”
Biswanath Behera, secretary of Ganesh Bazar puja committee said, ” This year our puja committee is celebrating the 75th year Platinum Jubilee. Cultural program will be conducted from 30 October to 6 November where emminent personalities and talents will be felicitated. On 4 October prasad sevan arrangements will be done for around four thousands devotees.”
During the 11 days long Gajalaxmi puja in Dhenkanal Lakhs of devotees throng the town to have the darshan of goddess Gajalaxmi, also special arrangements have been made by the district administration for the puja.
Many temporary police camps have been setup across the town and several platoons of police force are deployed for the puja. Adequate parking provision has also been made and proper routing of roads has been done for smooth traffic flow.
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