In a span of 15 days, the website www.anandautsav.com, designed specially for the Durga Puja season, clocked over 10 million hits! An initiative by the ABP group, the website was visited by over 1.3 lakh Internet users from across the globe between October 15 and 25.
The site was first launched in 2003. Last year the site drew a large number of eyeballs, especially from non-resident Bengalis in the USA and Europe. This year, it witnessed hits from all over the world and a large number of visitors from various parts India including Kolkata.
Rajat Roy, Associate Editor, Anandabazar Patrika, said, “To create awareness on the existence of such a site, we had a banner running on the website of ABP about this special endeavour. By mentioning it in the daily Anandabazar Patrika and also by word of mouth, the site gained popularity.”
The website has photographs of Pujas from all over the world. It also features other attractions like a section called ‘Pujor Paanch Din’ (5 days of Pujas), which has an audiovisual on the mass frenzy during the Durga Puja in Kolkata. In addition to Puja news from all parts of the world, the site offers authentic traditional Bengali recipes. For children it has a special section called ‘Majaroo’ where kids can enjoy animated movies and take part in fun games.
Unlike last year, this year Anandabazar Patrika plans to make the website permanent to keep the Durga Puja revelry alive till the next season, Roy said. Last year the site was kept alive for just three months, he said.