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Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Magnificent Durga Puja




                                                     
For us Bengalis Durga Puja is the most awaited Festival. The first day of her arrival to earth is known as Devi Paksha. And the day is observed as Mahalaya. I am attaching a few sights of this festival which is celebrated  all over the world. In Kolkata, West Bengal there are most number of pujas organized ( in thousands).
                                           Singhi Park Durga Puja                                
I also get nostalgic of my childhood days when during Puja season we used to get new dresses to wear for all four days namely shasthi (sixth day ) till Navami ( Ninth day). Even now during Pujas every Bengali dresses up with new clothes depending upon his capacity. However what is equally noticeable between both rich & poor is the sheer joy of celebrating the puja with their family & friends.
                                                     

Last Year during our visit to Kolkata during Durga Puja we had a gala time. Our house is located in Hindustan Road bang opposite to Singhi Park Puja pandal. That made us strategically located close to these many Pujas . Hold your breath , Ekdalia Evergreen, Triangular Park, Vivekananda Park, Maddox Sqare, Deshapriya Park, 23 Palli & Gol Park. 
       Shiv Mondir (Lake Road): Idols made up of dry  plantain leaf              


The nights become spectacular because the whole city is illuminated with colorful lights. Thousands throng the streets hopping from one pandal to another. Since driving becomes a nightmare so traveling by foot sounds more sensible thing.  Don’t try to look at the watch as it will be deceptive to notice thousands and thousands people in their best attire and not a hint of tiredness in their faces till wee hours of the morning. This continues till  Dashami period . This immersion fill the heart with a sadness equivalent to letting your Mother go on a long journey only to return after one whole year. During the last day the Godess idol is immersed in the river, with a thought that next year we will again celebrate puja with such an enthusiasm . The entire road resonates with the slogan “Bolo Bolo Durga Mai ki Jai"  “Asche Bochor Abar Hobe” (Next year it will again happen) till the convoy of the trucks reach the river and the idol is immersed in water.

              Shiv Mondir : Image of Sati made with plantain leaves                                      

                       Image of the Goddess in our building society 


                                Ekdaliya Puja         

                                Ekdaliya Pandal decoration        

                     Larger than life chandelier at Deshapriya Park   

                                 Cane katori as light shade                 

             Kasba Talbagan Pujo: Ravan's 10 heads made out of earthen pots

             Kasba Talbagan: Image of the Goddess made out of earthen pots      

                                                                                                                                                                
     I wish all my fellow blogger and slient readers a very happy Durga Puja / Navaratri wherever in the world they are.


Sending this special post to my new blogger friend Pree's Beyond Five Days Of Durga Puja .
Also reposting two of my favorite Durga Puja recipes to her Beyond Five Days Of Durga Puja event. 
1. Elo Jhelo
2. Nimki (Namkeen)
                                                              
                                                                                                                                 

47 comments:

  1. Happy Durgostav to you n ur family Deepa.The first picture of goddess is very beautiful! Liked your post a lot.

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  2. Happy durga pooja to you and your family....and its a very lost post, nice knowing more abt it and lovely pics ...thanks for sharing it deepa

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  3. Nice post..We were in India during Durga Puja last yr..I can recognise all these idols and pandals :)

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  4. Happy navrathri dear Deepa...

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  5. Nice post & happy Navrathiri to u & ur family !!

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  6. This is very interesting...! Thank you for sharing :)

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  7. Wat a divine post, happy durga pooja to u and ur family..

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  8. Deepa, thanks for taking time off to do this. This sure is a gem of a post. Love all the images you have shared. Apurbo. Nimki aar Goja na hole Durga Pujo hoye! :-)

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  9. happy durga puja very nice pic i like shive madir durgas different faces are marvelous

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  10. Happy Durga puja to you n your family Deepa !!
    Thanks for the virtual tour..Maa looks divine ..felt like visiting one pandal from another!

    US Masala

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  11. ami kakhano sebhabe pandal hoppinh korini. Kolkatay thakle pujor somoy berote bhay hay ato bhir thake. kintu roj sondhey sabai bose tv te pujo porikrama dekhi...thakur gulo ki sundor banay na. jamon bhabna tamon kaj. khub sundor post Deepa. puja khub bhalo katuk tomader.

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  12. Nice writeup Deepa. It is was like i was with you at the pandals. Delicious recipes too..

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  13. very good post dear..all pandal looks awesome.. i too seen this pandals in kolkata 2yrs back,,they are grt..

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  14. Happy Navrathri dear and lovely post!!

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  15. happy durga puja deepa..luved the gorgeous and beautiful durga pics and jhankiyas..amazing dear ..have heard a lot abt kolkata during durga pujas..my co-sister is frm kolkata and every yr she goes during this time only..even right now she is in kolkata..

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  16. Happy Navrathiri and beautiful post.Here in secunderabad,the Bengali Association perform every year in Keyes High School.Waiting to visit.Btw i am fan of you.Awesome recipes -i have tried few.
    regular visitor of your post.

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  17. What a coincidence, deepa..even amio last year kolkatai chilam durga puja te...darun post..ki man ta kharap lage na ei samay ta kolkatai na thakle..kolktar mato pujo aar kothai habe balo..shubho saradiyar priti O shuvechcha janai tomar puro paribar ke..khub maja koro

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  18. The post is heavenly! Loved the pictures!

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  19. Happy NavaRathri to you- what an interesting reading! Mother Durga appeared in my dream when I was pregnant, pouring a pail full of tumeric over my head! - I guess it was an ultimate blessing!

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  20. Very informative post,happy Navarathri to you and ur family!

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  21. ki jano Deepa, joto kache Puja aschae aro utshaho badche. ebar cr park e car entry restriction korche, jani na ki korbo.
    chobi aar lekha khoob bhalo.
    tamader pujo khoob enjoy koro aar amar bhalobhasha sobar jonno.

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  22. Beautiful clicks !!!

    Ur previous Goja post made me nostalgic ... When I was a kid my granny used to make similar shaped namkins version from the mathri dough for us & called it karela mathris ( coz of that gourd like shape ) . The beautiful folding style slowly faded away with time. I feel so happy to c ur wonderful post , it inspires me to make it for my lil one too . Childhood memories revived :) : :)

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  23. Happy durga puja to u n ur family dear ...its a beautiful post ...thankq somuch for sharing somany beautiful pics of maa..

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  24. Happy Navratri Dear!
    lovely clicks and a beautiful write-up.

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  25. Happy Durga Pooja to you and family Deepa.

    Lovely post

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  26. Hi Deepa, hru doing???

    Happy Durga Pooja to U dear...She looks stunning in every pose! -^-

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  27. ki shundar chhobi gulo...tomake abong tomar poribarer shokolke pujor shubhechha janai...khub khub bhalo kore pujo katiyo aar bhalo theko.....

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  28. Great pics Deepa..have a great festival season !

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  29. Devine clicks..Happy Navrathi to you and your family.

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  30. Happy Puja to you and your family :-) I am badly missing Kolkata these days.

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  31. Bhishon sundor Durga protima hoyechhe tomader society te. Khub sundor kore tumi Durga Pujor bepare likhechho r tar shathe prottekta chhobi dekhbar moton.
    Happy Durga Puja.

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  32. hi Deepa

    pls check out my blog for a surprise...

    cheers

    roshan

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  33. A great divine post. Jai durga maa ki!
    Happy navratri Deepa

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekeran,
    http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

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  34. Deepa,

    I hope I am not too late in wishing you well on your Holiday. I felt like I was right there with you when you took these beautiful photos! Very nice narration as well!

    Sorry for my absence, I was very preoccupied with my little munchkin!

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  35. Wooooooooow, beautiful photos, have a nice day Radka.

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  36. Very beautiful clicks,divine post of Maa..

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