The festive season continues in West Bengal with the state recently celebrating Jagadhatri Puja, and the mesmerising lighting at Chandannagar on the occasion is well known. The ancient town, a former French colony, is known for its opulent Jagadhatri puja celebrations and mind-blowing lightwork, and this year’s setup received praise from former cricket star Sachin Tendulkar.
The veteran cricketer shared an installation from this year’s festivities where the organisers designed a special tribute to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Tendulkar, who was conferred with the honorary rank of Group Captain by the IAF in 2015, was touched by the gesture and shared a video of the lighting.
In the video shared by the ace batsman, a tableau features a rotating aircraft resembling a small MIG plane which is set against the backdrop of an illuminated screen with the IAF logo. Another installation showed an IAF officer with an open parachute, while another lit up figurine was seen waving the national flag in front. The flying figure was an ode to IAF’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured and then returned, after being shot down while responding to a violation of Indian airspace by Pakistan’s jets.
We all have a lot of admiration, love and respect for our Armed Forces. Came across this wonderful video from the Jagadhatri Pooja procession at Chandannagar, West Bengal on Vijaya Dashami.
A tribute to the @IAF_MCC!🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/MmYEPMPLxm
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 8, 2019
The town in Bengal’s Hooghly district is also popularly known as India’s ‘city of lights’, and is known to dazzle with their innovative techniques and delicate lightworks.