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DURGA PUJO- THE ESSENCE OF TRADITIONS AND JOY

 
30th Sep 2014 – 4th October 2014 
Kolkata, West Bengal


“Jaago tumi Jaago…Jaago Durga..” 
Chanting devotion to nine divine forms of goddess durga with the rhythmic beats of exquisitely decorated dhaks (drums), conch shells (Shankha) and high pitched captivating howl announces the beginning of Durga Pujo.


Playful colors of Pujo
Dasami Bhasan
Captivating Pujo Performance
Sindhur Khela
Dhunuchi Dance

This year the auspicious festival commenced on 30 Sept’14. The unique part about this year’s Durga Pujo is that the ninth and 10th day – Maha Navami and Dashami – fell on the same day.

 The festival depicts the victory of good over evil. Goddess Durga had killed the demon king Mahisasur and thus the heaven and earth rejoice on the victory. 

It is believed that Maa Durga visits her maternal home for five days – Shashti, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami and the invocation given to her is by chanting mantras and singing devotional songs often termed as ‘Mahalaya’- a countdown to the ‘Durga Pujo’

The Puja concludes as a Dasami Bhasan- immersing Maa Durga’s idol; symbolic of the departure of the deity to her home in the Himalayas chanting ‘asche bochor abar hobe’ (It will happen again next year).

Moving far beyond region; Bengalis across the globe unite together to stay blessed and celebrate Pujo.
Not to forget an ingrafted association of culturally rich Dhunuchi Dance with women wearing traditional sarees in Bengali style drape and men wearing Dhoti Kurtaspicing up their tastebuds with Khichudi and Misti.

Here we come up with the most captivating traditionally enriched theme based pandals and artistic idols we witnessed this Durga Pujo.



  




The whole city was beautifully decorated and vibrantly lit up- aptly reflecting the joy in the hearts of those celebrating the festival. It is a always a feast to the soul visiting the place specially at this festive month.

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