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History:: The celebration of Durga Puja at Bokel, Bokul to be more correct, started 164 years back. The place is almost 10 kilometres to the east of Dibrugarh town next to NH 37. It comes alive during the four days of the festival. Locals say that the tradition started when an epidemic was sweeping the place. Two gentlemen, Haripad Bhattacharyaa and Tarapad Bhattacharyaa, from Calcutta had come to work in the tea garden. One of them, Haripad, saw Goddess Durga in his dream and she is said to have told him to worship her in order to stop the epidemic. The two gentlemen did as instructed and offered prayers at a place called Kalipith. The prediction proved true and since then people have continued to do the puja. Several years later, the place of worship was shifted to its present site.On Panchami, Ali puja is offered here. That is, the priests and people offer prayers beside the street, almost 500 metres from the proper mandap, in order to welcome the Goddess.
The idol of Goddess Durga is made at the mandap itself. Since the beginning of the tradition, artisans of a particular family used to come from Calcutta almost two months before to build it. They try to keep the shape of the idol the same. Work starts on the day of Janmasthami with soil brought from the puja mandap near Timona Tea Estate. For the last 60 years, Nirmal Pal had been coming from Kolkata to make the idol in keeping with his family tradition . .
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