BHUBANESWAR: Devotees can have a glimpse of the temple of Shirdi Sai of Maharashtra in the Capital itself. The Old Station Bazaar Durga Puja Samiti is constructing a replica of the temple as its main gate. The Samiti members said, Shirdi Sai serving food to the poor, treating ailing persons and others will be exhibited at the pandal.
The height of the gate will be about 30 feet while its length and width will be 200-feet and 80-feet respectively, informed the Samiti members. The idol of Goddess Durga, which is being crafted by Raju Moharana, will be 12 feet high. The idol will be decorated with gold crown (mukut), necklace, earrings and nose ring. All the gold ornaments weigh at least 1 kg while the medha (backdrop) will be of silver weighing over two quintals.
Other attarctions at the pandal include an artificial cave which will be fitted with a fog system. The cave will exhibit the history of Jagannath Temple briefly. Entire cost of the puja comes to around `35 lakh, they added.
On the security front, at least 30 CCTV cameras will be installed at the pandal along with the firefighting equipment. About 130 volunteers, including 30 women volunteers, will assist the city cops in maintaining law and order and manage traffic in the area.In addition, senior citizens can avail wheel-chair facility at the pandal and for the purpose, four wheel-chairs will be available at the pandal.