Lucknow Durga Puja pandal to look like Ayodhya's Ram temple
A Kolkata-based pandal maker will create a replica of the under-construction Ram temple at Ayodhya for Durga Puja in Lucknow. This pandal will be situated in the city's Model House area.
The pandal will be 80 feet in height, made with 3,000 bamboo, 3,500 metres of cloth from Surat, 150 kg iron nails, 2,000 pieces of thermocouple and 150 litres of paint.
The construction of the pandal began in August and as many as 75 labourers from West Bengal are working day and night to finish the work by September 30.
Talking about the theme of the Pandal, the convenor of Mitro Sangho Durga Puja committee, Vinod Tewari 'Dalu', said, "With so much hype around the Ram temple that is coming up in Ayodhya, we thought it would be befitting to put up a pandal that would be a look-alike. We are confident that our efforts will attract a lot of attention."
The committee has also called many women from West Bengal to play the 'dhaak', a traditional Bengali drum.
"Three men and three women dhakis from North 24 Parganas of West Bengal are coming for the puja at this pandal. Normally, it is the men who play dhaak. This year we have roped in women too for the purpose," said Tewari.
Meanwhile, the pandal maker, Asim Matya, is also making a huge pandal in Jankipuram, which is a replica of the proposed tallest temple of Vrindavan.