Durga Puja and the cultural Bengalees

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					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. It’s 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. That’s 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 Durga’s 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.
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