LUDHIANA, PUNJAB, INDIA, October 17, 2012 (India Times): Navaratra is here and has the whole city caught in the festive mood, with temples decorated and women set to play garba to welcome Goddess Durga. The city temples too have left no stone unturned to add extra glitz and color to celebrations for the residents who are coming in large numbers to pay their obeisance.
The Gita Mandir in Vikas Nagar has made a statue of Durga with 51,000 rudraksha, especially for the nine-day long festival. General secretary of Gita Mandir, Pardeep Dhall, said, "We called in artist Ramakant from Bihar for making a statue with rudraksha." Detailing the rudraksha seed used to make the statue, he said, "The artist has used panch mukhi rudraksha (five faced) -- it is believed that the panch mukhi rudraksha has always come forth in the form of a guiding angel for the welfare of mankind as a gift from Lord Shiva." The rudraksha was especially brought in from Haridwar to make the statue here. Pardeep added that 108 jyotis (lamps) will also be lit and these would burn continuously for all the nine days of the festival.
It is not only the lights and statue that have set the mood for the festival. Another big attraction for the residents will be the flying Hanuman at the temple along with a signature campaign for the girl child. "This year the theme of Navaratra is 'Save the girl child' and for this a special signature campaign is being held during the festive days," added Dhall.