The state government drew flak for ‘politicising’ a traditional festival and ‘saffronising’ the Durgabari puja pandal in Agartala
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Puja politics? 500-yr-old Tripura pandal in ‘saffronisation’ row

Instead of the usual white-and-gold colour theme, which has been the norm for centuries now, Durgabari puja pandal in Agartala reportedly given saffron coating; restored after protests

Agartala: Tripura’s much-renowned Durgabari temple, which hosts one of the oldest Durga puja celebrations in the country, has been dragged into a ‘saffron’ row. The almost 500-year-old temple was reportedly given a saffron coating this year, after the BJP government came to power in the state, instead of the usual white-and-gold theme.

The government drew flak from all corners, including the royal family members, for politicising a traditional festival. Royal scion Pradyot Deb Barman condemned the act saying, “Religion has no colour.”

However, following severe criticism, the Biplab Kumar Deb-led government in Tripura took immediate action and restored the temple to its previous white colour.

Following severe criticism, the Biplab Kumar Deb-led government in Tripura took immediate action and restored the temple to its previous white colour
Following severe criticism, the Biplab Kumar Deb-led government in Tripura took immediate action and restored the temple to its previous white colour
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Expressing happiness over the government’s decision to repaint it white, Deb Barman took to his Facebook page, “Happy that despite opposition from people who questioned my intentions on Durgabari issue, the govt has realised and decided to restore the building to its original character. I welcome the decision of the state govt here.”

The Durgabari temple was built by Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya, and has been traditionally renovated with white colour every Durga Puja. However, in 2012, the Manik Sarkar-led CPI (M) government changed the colour to golden.

Speaking to EastMojo, BJP leader Prabir Chakraborty questioned, “Why didn’t anybody react when the CPI (M) changed the colour of Durgabari temple to white?” He also blamed the opposition of “playing politics over the issue”.

Raising concern over the issue, Congress leader Tapas Dey said, “This is reflective of a serious threat from saffron terror in the state.” He further added, “People of the state will never accept this kind of identity politics.”

Since the BJP took power in Tripura, the saffron party has been attracting a lot of condemnation, owing to the controversial remarks made by Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb. Similarly, in Uttar Pradesh, since the Yogi Adityanath-government took power in the state, several public places and properties have been painted saffron.