Kolkata , the city of joy is all set to welcome a unique Durga Puja this year. The puja committee is ready to unveil the costliest Durga idol in town. The 12 feet high Durga idol is carved out of single sandstone plated with a layer of 24 carat gold.
Durga Puja celebrates the victory of the goddess over the demon king Mahishasura. It begins on the same day as Navratri, a nine-night festival celebrating the divine feminine. During the following three days, the goddess is worshipped in her various forms as Durga, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati.
It is one of the most famous festivals celebrated in West Bengal and particularly in Kolkata, in honour of Goddess Durga during the period of Navaratri. It is celebrated for 10 days and the Pandals with grand idols of Goddess Durga are open for visitors.
More about the gold plated Durga idol
The general secretary of Santosh Mitra Square Puja committee Sajol Ghosh said that the idol will require about 50 kgs of gold worth $ 2187873.
“The idol will be covered in gold plates which will cost around Rs 15 crores. The pandal will be built on the lines of an under-construction temple at Mayapur in West Bengal’s Nadia district,” said Ghosh.
Needless to say that the budget for the Puja is high that would also include high security. A good number of private security officials will be deployed to manage the crowd, along with will be drone camera and CCTV cameras.
“Managing a large number of visitors to our pandal is nothing new for us. We also have our own security staff. Last year also we have managed footfall of 1 lakh visitors per hour without any untoward incident,” said Ghosh. He added that they are in touch with the state administration with regard to security and traffic arrangements.
The Durga pujas in Kolkata are known for their unique themes upon which they base their idols and pandals. In recent years, Kolkata has witnessed Durga Puja themes based on demonetisation.