BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: It goes without saying that coronavirus is the demon in all our lives in 2020 and therefore, on the 52nd year of Durga Puja, the authorities at Youth Association of Mohammad Ali Park, Kolkata decided to replicate Mahishasura as Coronasura, who is being eradicated by Goddess Durga. Now, isn’t this what we all are praying for this Durga Puja?
On Tuesday, Brahmachari Mural Bhai, general secretary, Dakshineshwar Ramakrishna Adyapeath, Smita Bakshi, MLA, Sanjay Bakshi, ex MLA and Rehana Khatun, councillor inaugurated the puja.
Surendra Kumar Sharma, general secretary of Md. Ali Park Durga Puja said, “During the pandemic everyone is hoping and waiting for the Goddess Durga to eradicate Corona Demon as she had killed Mahishasura. Artisan Kush Bera along with his two children started working on this idol since June. The 12 feet long idol is made and decorated only with clay. No other decorative pieces are used for this idol.”
In 2019, Mohammed Ali Park stunned the city with the installation of Murugan Temple of Kerala. Interestingly, the Puja started in the year 1969 from Tara Chand Dutta Street, but owing to its ascending popularity, it was moved to Md. Ali Park. Since 2019, the puja is moving its venue yet again for safety concerns and will be held at the Central Avenue Fire Station. Last year, there was a subsidence and cracks developed in the walls of an underground British-era reservoir. After inspection by civic officials, fire personnel and experts from Jadavpur University, it was decided to shift the Puja for safety reasons. After the wall collapsed, the KMC shut down the park for visitors.
Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court declared on Monday that Durga Puja pandals will be no-entry zones for visitors. Only organisers will be allowed inside the pandals, the court said, limiting the number to 25 for big pandals and 15 for the smaller ones in view of the coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday, we saw the organisers of Md. Ali Park have put up barricades 10 metres before the pandal.