As the Puja’s mystic charm encapsulates every man, all puja enthusiasts look forward to pandal hopping. The entire puja celebration becomes more exciting, with exquisite pandals adorning the otherwise dull cities.
9 Kinds of People at A Puja Pandal
Here we list 9 kinds of people you would find in almost every puja pandal. Read on and find out which category you belong to. *GRIN*
1. Pious Ones – People You Encounter in A Puja Pandal
One can spot them enchanting complex mantras, utterly unaware of the crowd they are holding back. Picking up anything they can find related to the Goddess- vermilion, Prasada, arti, or just a touch of the bamboo separating them from the idol, they are the favorites of the Goddess.
2. Experts – People You Encounter in A Puja Pandal
They are the ones making comments like, “Oh! this pandal is made of thermocol,” or “The carvings are the same as in Ajanta and Ellora,” or “Do you know how much this entire thing costs?”. They have a dedicated audience absorbing their knowledge to pass on to their acquaintances with some added spice.
3. Loiterers – People You Encounter in A Puja Pandal
They hang around- near the food stalls, the swings, the main entrance, near the idol, or just anywhere close to the pandal. They attend every program organized and may even take up some volunteer work.
Well, they know when the puja is over; the photographs are what remain. So be it the idol or the intricate design of the chandelier or their companions or just some random bush nearby, they have it all with them.
5. The Selfie Freaks
Yes, we had to put them in a separate category. They are not the same as the selfless photographers we talked about. They will block your way while you hurry towards your car to pose for a selfie alone or with their friends. So, make sure you photobomb their picture. *smirk*
They are the ones who steal the show from the Goddess herself. While they strut around in their glory, we can’t help but wonder why they are not on the ramp for one of the international fashion shows.
7. Irritated Ones
They jostle their way through the crowd giving glares to everyone. Everyone except them is responsible for the chaos in the pandal and their lives. One can hear them complaining about the noise, the crowd, the maintenance, the security, and the very existence of the poor pandal. Just keep your distance to stay safe.
8. Uninterested Ones
They can be spotted in some corner fiddling with their phones, glancing over their shoulders once in a while to see if their relatives/friends are done with their business so that they can leave.
9. The Obamas
We had no other way to describe how busy these people are. They pass by a pandal, stop their cars, ask the people accompanying them to catch a glimpse of whatever they can without getting out, and then leave. And mind you, they are so quick about all this that the vehicle following them doesn’t need to blow their horns even once.
So, did we miss out on any??