The Durga Puja pandal in Panchkula would wear a tribal look this year in 2012. The idol would be entirely made up of mud and the pandal fully made of hay.
The idols of Saraswati, Lakshmi, Ganapati and Karthikeya are also made of mud.The idea has been borrowed from the Santhal tribe that settled on the border of Bengal and Jharkhand.
The General Secretary of Bangiya Parishad, Panchkula , Sumanta Ghosh said “Usually the idols are made of clay or of clay mixed with soil, but this time these would be made purely of mud. Ditto for the clothes, weapons and crowns. The crowns too have a tribal look. The idols of Durga and other deities show then not sitting on their respective rides but standing with their weapons. Goddess Durga is standing on the lion. Even the demon is not lying under the Goddess’ feet instead his upper body is raised from the ground.”
This tribal look of the goddess will have an aggresive look as against the usual smiling Goddess. The pandal which is being made in a hut shape looks like a haystack from outside. Even the food stalls that would be put up during Durga Puja will be under sheds made of hay. The pandal and idols have been made by artists from Calcutta.
The puja would begin on Saturday 20th october 2012 at 7 pm at the Mela Ground in Sector 5 , Panchakula.