Durga puja is just around the corner. In the meantime, Kolkata is all decked up to welcome Devi Durga and her children as they are about to descend on earth. The five days of puja, namely Shashthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, and Vijaya Dashami are of immense joy and pleasure to the people of West Bengal. The capital of the state is Kolkata. Here people celebrate the puja in a grand way. They hop around in the pandals which are beautifully decorated and enjoy delicacies all across.
Sreebhumi Sporting Club is one of the most celebrated pujas of Kolkata. It must be kept in mind that Kolkata hosts a lot of pujas every year based on various themes. Despite the pandemic showing no signs, Sreebhumi aimed far this year. The puja is organized by the club helped by fire and emergency services minister Sujit Bose. It was decided very early in the month of July that the pandal will be modeled after Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
The club held its khuti puja on the day of Ratha Yatra. Dibyende Kishor Goswami is the chief coordinator of the puja committee. He then said, “Every year, we try to give visitors something special. Almost all the interesting structures of India, from the temple of Puri to the Chittor fort, have been replicated here. Many of our members have been to the tower in Dubai and we had considered this structure earlier as well but never took it up as it is a complicated job. In our pre-golden jubilee year, we thought of taking up the challenge. The Sreebhumi tower will be at least 110ft. tall. The structural drawing is being finalized. It will be critical for a temporary structure with such complicated architecture.”
It was at that time itself that the club committee members decided that they would comply with whatever rules the government would impose at the time of the pujas. The organizers were betting on vaccination to minimize the risk. The club is connected to Gandhi Seva Sadan. It is a local hospital that houses a vaccination center run by the South Dumdum Municipality. This year, Sreebhumi has selected the theme of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in the Lake Town Area as stated earlier. It was only Mahalaya yesterday on the 6th of October. Even though it is not completely ready, people are going crazy around it. The pictures and videos of this pandal have gone viral on social media.
Although decided that it will be 110ft. in height, the pandal became 145ft. tall. This pandal has special lighting arrangements that will make it look majestic at night. 250 workers toiled day-in and day-out to build the pandal over a span of 2 months. This sporting club has also taken up several social work duties during the Durga puja. Sujit Bose, whom we already mentioned earlier said, “We always do social works during this celebration. We have organized a blood donation camp this year for around 2000 people.” Bose also assured the press that the club will follow all the Covid-19 guidelines as imposed by the West Bengal government.