Cuttack: The silver city, Cuttack is known for its rich extravagance that reflects in gold and silver and brotherhood during the Durga Puja festivity. Puja pandals decked up with bright structures bring a spirit of holiness in the city.
In Odisha one of the special things during Durga Puja is in the temples it extends over a sixteen-day period known as Shodasa Upachar. But in other places, it is celebrated for three days only.
The idols of Goddess Durga decorated with gold and silver tableau worth crores of rupees to Puja Committees which are Nayasarak, Choudhury Bazar, Mangalabag, Sheikh Bazar, Alisha Bazar, Khan Nagar, Chandni Chowk and Kathagadasahi. It has become a race now where every puja committee try to outdo each other by adding gold to the tableau and idols.
The fashion for ‘Chandi Medhas’ (Silver tableau) began in the city more than six decades ago, but the craze for gold crowns and jewellery for the idols began in 1995 with Choudhury Bazar puja committee as the trendsetter in both counts.
Here are some photos of the famous tableaus and idols of the city.