SUBASH RAIEvery year, Biswakarma Puja is celebrated on 17 September but this year some organizers in Gangtok and its surrounding areas have decided to hold the prayers on 18 September instead. According to them, the puja must fall on the first day of the month of Aswin as per the Bikram Sambad calendar. While this day almost always falls on 17 Sept, this time it is coinciding with 18 September.
Speaking to NOW!, Sanjay, one of the members of the puja organizing committee at Greendale School Road, explained, “Our pandit has suggested that we perform the puja on 18th as 17 September is not a favourable day for the puja, so we decided to perform it tomorrow.”
On the other hand the puja organizers along the National Highway insisted that every year they are organizing the puja on 17 Sept and the same is followed this year. They also maintained that anyway the pandals will be available for visitors on 18th as well and they can do the puja tomorrow also.
Similarly, the vehicle owners and drivers were also seen in two groups. Some of the vehicles are seen plying decorated on the roads and some are waiting till tomorrow.