Cuttack, the Millennium City is known for its huge welcome arches during Durga Puja. The puja committees are busy erecting huge arches to attract maximum footfall to their pandals.
2014 Durga Puja in Cuttack promises to be a visual treat for revellers with replicas of historic monuments, including Amber Fort, Akshardham Temple, Meenakshi Temple, Taj Mahal, Charminar, Victoria Memorial and Qutab Minar.
The Khannagar puja committee has erected a 40 feet replica of Akshardham Temple at a cost of Rs 7 lakh. The welcome arch has been prepared by master artisans from West Bengal.
Among the architectural marvels, the welcome arch in the shape of the Titanic at Badambadi steals the show. Digital and neon lights have been used to make it look real.
The Chhatra Bazaar puja committee has installed four huge illuminated gates, resembling Agra’s Taj Mahal, Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple, Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial and Delhi’s India Gate.
Rajasthan’s Amber Fort dwarfs everything around at Malgodam. The puja committee spent Rs 3 lakh on it.
The Jobra puja committee hopes to attract revellers with the illuminated arches, replicating Qutab Minar and Charminar.
Sikharpur and Chualiaganj puja committees have erected arches, replicating South Indian style of temple architecture.