Monday, November 5, 2012

পূজা পরিক্রমা ২০১২ (Durga Puja 2012)

In last 10 years, it was only second time that I was in my home with family during Durga puja festival - the numero uno bengali (bong) festival.

শিউলি ফুল (Night-flowering Jasmine)- the flower of durga puja (along with lotus)
Traveled as much as possible during the entire festival - from one pandal to another and captured as many as possible. Now it is the time to share with you and to make you familiar (who is not) with Devi Durga or in our mother-tongue মা দূর্গা.

মহা সপ্তমী (Maha Saptami)

We were in Krishnagar (district town) and covered all the major pujas there. 
Ray Bari, Krishnagar
@ Ray Bari, Krishnagar
@ Ray Bari, Krishnagar
RAJ Bari, Krishnagar
@ RAJ Bari, Krishnagar
@ RAJ Bari, Krishnagar
@ RAJ Bari, Krishnagar
@ RAJ Bari, Krishnagar
Pandal of Ghurni Tarun Sangha 
@ Ghurni Tarun Sangha
@ Ghurni Tarun Sangha
@ Zodiac, Krishnagar
@ Zodiac, Krishnagar
@ College Street, Krishnagar
@ College Street, Krishnagar
@ Mangalik, Krishnagar
@ Mangalik, Krishnagar
@ Malopara, Krishnagar
@ Malopara, Krishnagar
We also visited the famous Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math and Sree Sree Sidheswari Kali Mandir:

@ Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Krishnagar
@ Sree Sree Sidheswari Kali Mandir, Krishnagar
We ended up the day with Square Park at Kalyani A-block:

Pandal of Square park, Kalyani A-block
@ Square park, Kalyani A-block
@ Square park, Kalyani A-block

মহা অষ্টমী (Maha Ashtami)

Maha Ashtami is the most important day of Durga puja, all devotees offer prayers and express their wishes on this day. This day I was only in my home town and visited few major pujas.

@ Central park, Kalyani
@ Central park, Kalyani
@ Central park, Kalyani*
* Photo credit: Sudipta Das

@ Kalyani (behind Bhusan's sweet corner, Central park)
@ Kalyani (behind Bhusan's sweet corner, Central park)
Pandal of Manimela park, B-7, Kalyani
@ Manimela park, B-7, Kalyani
@ Manimela park, B-7, Kalyani
@ Congress road, Kalyani
Pandal of Uttranchal, Congress road, Kalyani
@ Uttranchal, Congress road, Kalyani
@ Uttranchal, Congress road, Kalyani
@ B-2 bus stand, Kalyani
@ B-2 bus stand, Kalyani
Pandal of Nebula, Kalyani
@ Nebula, Kalyani
@ Nebula, Kalyani

সন্ধি পূজা (Sandhi puja, end of Maha Ashtami and beginning of Maha Navami)

This part is my favorite and I like it most if it happens in night. This year the timing was perfect - midnight. I always try to attain this part. During Sandhi puja usually I'm at the nearest puja pandal i.e. Chittaranjan park.

Sandhi Puja Aarati, 2008 @ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani

The last time when I attended Durga puja back in 2008, that was also in midnight. In 2008, I captured a small video along with other still snaps, this time I captured only stills.

@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
Prayer
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani
@ Chittaranjan Park, Kalyani

মহা নবমী (Maha Navami)

On the eve of Maha Navami - the 3rd day of Durga puja, we were in North Calcutta. We visited few old and famous pujas there. I forgot name of few, which I will update later if my memory decides to help me out in future.

@ Harihar Ghosh Road, North Calcutta
@ Someone's house (Barir'r puja)*
 * First time I have seen the Ganesh idol and Karthik idol swapped respective place; I guess it was on purpose and uniqueness of this particular puja.

@ Someone's house (Barir'r puja), North Calcutta
@ North Calcutta
@ North Calcutta
@ North Calcutta
Shobhabazar Rajbari (1 of 2)*
* There are two Rajbari's at Shobhabazar - situated on opposite side of a road facing each other; one is known as Baro Shobhabazar Rajbari whereas the other one is known as Choto Shobhabazar Rajbari. I don't know which is this one. But I visited both and pictures of both are shared.

@ Shobhabazar Rajbari (1 of 2)
@ Shobhabazar Rajbari (1 of 2)
@ Shobhabazar Rajbari (1 of 2)
Shobhabazar Rajbari (2 of 2)
@ Shobhabazar Rajbari (2 of 2)
@ Shobhabazar Rajbari (2 of 2)
@ Shobhabazar Rajbari (2 of 2)
@ Shobhabazar Rajbari (2 of 2)
Pandal of Sanghatirtha, North Calcutta
@ Sanghatirtha, North Calcutta
@ Sanghatirtha, North Calcutta
@ A Temple adjacent to Sanghatirtha, North Calcutta
Pandal of a puja, North Calcutta
Pandal of a puja, North Calcutta
@ North Calcutta
@ North Calcutta
@ Someone's house (Barir'r puja), North Calcutta
@ Someone's house (Barir'r puja), North Calcutta

Pandal of a puja, North Calcutta
Pandal of a puja, North Calcutta
@ North Calcutta
Pandal of Beadon Street, North Calcutta
@ Beadon Street, North Calcutta
@ Beadon Street, North Calcutta
@ Beadon Street, North Calcutta
Pandal of 'Amra Sobai', Ramdulal Sarkar Street, North Calcutta
Pandal of 'Amra Sobai', Ramdulal Sarkar Street, North Calcutta
Pandal of 'Amra Sobai', Ramdulal Sarkar Street, North Calcutta
@ 'Amra Sobai', Ramdulal Sarkar Street, North Calcutta
@ 'Amra Sobai', Ramdulal Sarkar Street, North Calcutta
@ 'Amra Sobai', Ramdulal Sarkar Street, North Calcutta

বিজয়া দশমী (Bijaya Dashami)

This is the final day of Durga puja (though people extends another day in many places). All the fun and everything concludes here. Before it starts, the days are filled with anxiety and happiness that it will begin soon. Once it starts - days flew like a moment. 

Personally I feel very sad on this day, wait for another year starts from here. The whole day I spent inside only. Visited only two places. Due to my sadness (also bit laziness) I missed some very good moments of Durga puja - which particularly happens on this day (or the following day) like সিঁদুর খেলা (women, married in particular play with vermilion), বিসর্জন (Visarjan, immersion of the deity); I'll try next time.

Pandal of Shimla Vivekananda Sporting Club, North Calcutta
@ Shimla Vivekananda Sporting Club, North Calcutta
@ Shimla Vivekananda Sporting Club, North Calcutta
@ Shimla Vivekananda Sporting Club, North Calcutta
Pandal of a puja, North Calcutta
@ North Calcutta
@ North Calcutta
পূজা পরিক্রমা ২০১২ (Durga Puja 2012) concludes here, hope you liked it. Wish you all a very happy, prosperous and blessed Dusshera - আপনাদের সবাইকে জানাই শুভ বিজয়া'র প্রীতি ও শুভেছা. আসছে বছর আবার হবে.

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2 comments:

  1. vivekananda road ta bedon street habe
    ramdulal sarkar st tar sathe amra sabai club habe
    dasamir photo jekhane suru hoyeche ota vivekananda sporting club habe pink sari porano protima gulo obdi,baki kichur reference amar pathano pic gulor theke pabi coz okhane club er namgulo tola ache

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