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Nalco Nagar decked to greet Lord Viswakarma

 By Jagadananda Pradhan

ANGUL:Angul’s Nalco Nagar has been decked up with colourful pandals and high rise gates being erected by various departments of Nalco for Vishwakarma Puja starting from Saturday,September 17. For this,Nalco employees have already started preparations here for the Viswakarma puja.

Nalco Nagar  is famous for its Vishwakarma Puja with the rituals being observed for over five days. When Nalco was set up 40 years back here,the employees of both the Captive Power Plant and Smelter plant organise the celebration.The worship of Lord Vishwakarma ushers in the festive season in Nalco nagar.

Every year the Viswakarma puja is being celebrated with great enthusiasm.But the puja was not celebrated for past two years due to corona pandemic.As the celebration will be held  after two years  the puja committees of Nalco are celebrating the puja in a grand way this year.

Various puja committees have already installed huge puja pandals with illuminated gates.This year the entire Nalco township will give  a Beautiful look with lights and decorations with high illuminated gates to come up everywhere.

Though each year puja was celebrated in 25 puja mandaps,this year as many as 17 puja pandals have been set up in the Nalco Nagar area costing each mandap(pandal) about Rs five lakhs to 10 lakh. Various department employees of Nalco are  involved in this five  days festival.



 Deepak Kumar Singh,a Nalco employee of cast House-B, said various departments of Nalco are engaged in   erecting  gates and pandals in various designs. All puja pandals are decorated with themes from various mythological and modern subjects in the interior design of the mandaps”.

This year Cast House-A ‘s main gate will be a replica of the Indian parliament .Nalco Potline Puja Committee installed an illuminated gate with the theme of the temple.

Almost all puja committees have made their gates and pandals in various designs.

Each of the employees  donate money for decoration and other arrangements  during the festival.The employees deduct  amount from their monthly salary for the celebration once in a year.

Prakash Behera,Secretary cast House-B Puja Committee told TOI,”We worship  the divine architect, for safe conditions in the plant. Artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, welders,all officers and all other  workers of both Captive Power Plant(CPP) and Smelter Plant  offer prayers to Lord Vishwakarma to ensure smooth functioning of machine parts and their tools”.

“The celebration here, for us, has become a tradition for us for over 40 years here.We strongly believe and faith with the Lord as protector of the plant and its employees.Now a days it has become a mass festival for us”,Behera said.

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