A Durga Puja that is over 500 years old and is sponsored by the Tripura government continues to be a draw for devotees in northeast India as the royal family has kept its traditional sanctity. Tripura, the northeastern state currently ruled by the Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist, is possibly the only one in India where the government continues to sponsor a over-five century-old Durga Puja, that is also closely overseen by the erstwhile royal family.With ‘Maha Sasthi’ or ‘Bodhan’ — the welcoming of the Durga idols — the five-day long Puja began on Monday at the famed Durgabari temple, located in front of the 114-year-old Ujjayanta Palace, eastern India’s biggest royal mansion.”A few years after the beginning of the royal era in Tripura, the erstwhile kings started Durga Puja over 500 years ago,” said Dulal Bhattacharjee, the octogenarian chief priest of Durgabari temple.
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