Kolkata, the city of joy, is considered to be a land of festivals. No matter how big or small a festival is, it is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Among many festivals, Durga Puja is the greatest one. The greatness is, because of large scale celebration throughout the city. Huge number of puja pandals comes up to greet Maa Durga.
The Festival falls in the month of October in general. However, the excitement and preparation begins two or three month before its commencement. The city streets and markets are flooded with crowd with major concentration on big malls. Big Bazar, Metro shopping mall, South City Shopping mall, City Center, Axis mall, Vardan Market, Sreeram Arcade, S S Hog Market are among worth mentioning. During the four days celebration, the city dazzles with decorative pandals and illuminative lightings. People from all walk of life, enjoy the festivals irrespective of their caste, creed and community.
The center of attraction is the food stall. Substantial number of food stalls is set nearby puja pandals. In some places, based on puja, fairs are organized to enhance the enjoyment. Now a days, it has been seen that theme based pandals are more in demand. Each and every puja committee tries to prove their credibility and creativity and come up with different and more unique pandals. A healthy competition grows among these pandals. In Kolkata, such competition can be seen among the pandals of southern and northern part. The best one, from all perspective, is awarded with prize. The winner pandals pull huge crowd. Beside Sarbojonin puja, Barwari puja has its own importance. They are well known for their rites and rituals which they have been following for a long time. In the evening, the family members organize cultural programmes.
Maa Durga stays for four days from saptami to dushami, however, the enthusiasm remain continues even after the puja is over. Such has the impact of this festival on the people of Kolkata city.
- by Sujit Sharma