Durga Puja And The Cultural Bengalees

Here is once again, Bengalees , the most passionate durga puja is knocking at the door. The drifting patches of clouds like stray lumps of wool fill the atmosphere with a festive mood. Dhakis are taking shelter at the well known areas of the cities with their fascinating rhythm. Its an universal truth that durga puja, the most happening festival of the Bengalees can be sensed with its spurt of fanfare on all the days of the festival.

The first recorded durga puja seems to have taken place in Nadia district in or around 1606. The first people oriented durga puja happened in Guptipara of Hoogli district when twelve men were stopped from taking initiatives in a household durga puja. They formed a twelve man committee to held a puja. Since then these kind of durgapuja is known as barowari ( baro stands for twelve & yar means friend). Later the term ‘barowari’ was replaced by ‘sarbojonin’ ( for all). The first community puja in Kolkata (Previously known as Calcutta) was held at Balaram Bose Ghat Road in 1910. From the day onward Bengalees have been celebrating durga puja with tremendous zeal. This year the goddess Durga arrives on palanquin and departs on an elephant .Goddess Durga’s arrival on an palanquin signifies an outbreak of epidemic while her departure on elephant signifies good harvest. That means durgapuja 2010 is very much significant for over all bengalees. Here we are to guide you through durgapuja online at its best and can show the route of the greatest durgapuja pandals.

In Bengal, durgapuja is a nine day celebration starting from the day of Mahalaya .The most awaited moment comes once in a year, on the month of Ashwin when Maa Durga comes home and enjoys all the love and affestion lavished on her. Thats why during durgapuja, bengalees emotions are high with thoughts of homecoming, who resides in the other part of India. Although, durga puja held outside Bengal is celebrated with equal fervor and zeal, but one may not come across the excessive extravanganza that bengalees usually feel in their home town. To them ,durga puja means loads of shopping, fun and frolic, get together with friends-n-relatives and last but not least boundless adda and masti at pandal.

Maa Durgas arrival starts the Devipaksha. The day is being observed as on the dawn of ‘Mahalaya’. Thousands offer prayers to their ancestors at the city’s river banks for Tarpan. Chandi and Aagamani songs welcoming the goddess are relayed by All-India Radio, conceived by Birendrakrishna Bhadra. During durgapuja Kolkata assure an unforgettable and lifetime experience. Every Bangali is busy setting up agendas for the four days of durga puja and durgapuja online keeps you linked to Kolkata and its surroundings. it is not just Bengalees who participate, it is open for the universal viewers.

People brings Maa Durga with lot of enthusiasm and place her on a beautifully designed platform with fantabulous themes.The main durgapuja starts from shashthi. The priest ceremonially establishes life in the clay image. On Saptami , Kola Bou or Nabapatrika is given a pre-dawn bath. This is an ancient ritual of worshiping nine types of plants. They are together worshiped as a symbol of the goddess. The most important day of durga puja is Ashtami, when Goddess Durga is worshiped in the form of a small girl,called Kumari puja.. Wearing traditional dresses women just cannot afford to give a miss to anjali on astami . During durgapuja almost in every kichens there is a common breakfast, the mouth watering smell of Luchi, narkel nadu, aalu dum, cholar daaler chhakka and delicious dudher paayesh excite your apetite. It used to be so much fun to hang around with friends, giving anjali and devouring the bhog of khichudi, mishti , chaatney, begun bhaja and believe me it tastes heavenly. This festivity during durgapuja used to continue for days together with many more feasts and exotic dishes. On dashami, Married women apply vermillion on each other’s forehead and wish each other joy. Men perform their traditional ‘Kola-Kuli’as an act of friendship and togetherness. Bijoya greetings are exchanged. SUBHO BIJOYA !!!. This is all about durga puja.

At the end of the festival, the statutes are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much music and dancing, and then immersed in the Ganges river. The moment onward bengalees start dreaming for coming durga puja. Wish you happy and prosperous durgapuja 2010.