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Anna, Harry Potter, Kaziranga Rhino flavour to Puja

Guwahati: Magical exploits of Harry Potter, armed poachers in the Kaziranga National Park being thwarted by Ma Durga, wondrous mysteries of Ajanta and Elora caves and a fasting Anna Hazare — puja revellers in Guwahati have never had it so good.

And as the proverbial icing on the cake of merriment, revellers are lavished with diverse mouth-watering food, the piece de resistance being special Chinese dishes prepared by star hotels for the occasion.

“An electrifying festive atmosphere prevails in this hip and happening hub of the Northeast during the puja days and we are all enjoying it,“ says a beaming jeans-clad youngster accompanied by his friends at one of the well-known pujas – the Beltola community puja.

A giant replica of the Kaziranga park has been erected on the dias of the Beltala puja where clay images of poachers, armed with automatic weapons, target the endangered one-horned rhinos among tall elephant grasses.

The poachers retreat after being confronted with demon-slaying Ma Durga mounted on elephant, her `bahan`.

Manabendra Sarma, one of the organisers, said their effort this time was to highlight the growing problem of poaching in the KNP and create awareness about preserving the rare animal.

The Nayantara puja committee on the other hand has recreated Harry Potter adventures through idols made by artisans who saw some of the child magician`s movies several times to bring forth the feel of adventures.

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