Initiating measures after intelligence alerts on chances of communal tension and terrorist strikes during Durga Puja and Bakrid festivals, the Bihar government has deployed a large number of security personnel at over 100 sensitive places to prevent any untoward incident.
The Tripura government on Wednesday launched helicopter service for Durga Puja revellers and sightseers to enable them get an aerial view of tourist spots and puja celebrations in Agartala, a minister said.
Twinkling rockets zooming off into space towards a reddish Mars, tribals keeping alive the unique iron craft in the backdrop of insurgency in Chhattisgarh, totems from remote Nagaland - Durga Puja marquees here are showcasing India's strengths and potentials.
Organised by the ruling Left Front government, the five-day long Durga puja festivities in Tripura have begun with a guard of honour by state security forces to the goddess at the Durgabari, a royal temple of the erstwhile Manikya kings.
The famed Kamakhya Temple, a major seat of Shakti worship, observes the annual Durga Puja rituals for a fortnight unlike the rest of the country where it is celebrated for nine days and much of the rituals are held behind closed doors.
Royal grandeur, traditional architecture, 'Shehnai Wadaks' and extravagance describe the platinum jubilee Durga Puja celebrations at the Minto Road Pandal, located in central Delhi, away from the clutch of celebrations in Chittranjan Park, home to a large Bengali community.
Tripura, ruled by a Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front government, is possibly the only one in India where the government sponsors the Durga Puja festivities, and that too together with the erstwhile royal family.
The five days of Durga Puja are of utmost importance to dusky beauty Rani Mukerji and this year, the significance is even more as it is her first puja after marriage. Rani, who married filmmaker Aditya Chopra earlier this year, will however miss out on the celebrations as she will be travelling for work.