In our last post, we, About Kolkata Team, through our official website www.aboutkolkata.com, committed to cover maximum puja pandals of Kolkata city. We are glad to inform you all that we have successfully accomplished the task of Puja Parikrama 2012. The team has covered more than hundred puja pandals. The photos and videos of the different puja pandals are uploaded in our official website. During our visit to puja pandals, we have experienced a warm welcome by different puja committees. Their kind cooperation and enthusiasm in providing us information about their puja pandals, motivated us a lot and made our task easy.
The Parikrama began on Sasthi and continued upto Navami. During these period, beside taking photos and collecting informations, uploading of the same is parallely done. The uploading was finished on Ekadashi ( the day after Dashmi) and subsequently made it accessible to the visitors.
During our Parikrama, we have also covered those puja pandals which are not so well known but this year, their outstanding pandals and excellent themes have made them, in no way, less than the popular puja pandals. Mention should be made about Mahatirtham Citizen Forum, Hussainpur Kishore Sanga, No: 2 Adi Barwari Puja, Chetla Agrani etc.
Some of the puja pandals prohibited taking snaps of their pandals and idols on ground of their personal circumstances. So, we could not add photos of those puja pandals in our gallery.
About Kolkata Team is immensely grateful and thankful to all Durga Puja Committees for extending their cooperation and helps during our visits. The team is equally thankful to the visitors for appreciating our endeavor by contributing their shares, likes and comments every now and then.
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The city of Kolkata is presently plunged into the atmosphere of Durga puja. The fragrance of seuli phool can be felt everywhere. Chandi path has been started since Mahalaya. Mahalaya represents the beginning of devi paksha and end of pitri paksha. In some places, this festival is celebrated as Navaratri. Maa durga is the destroyer of Mahishasura — the buffalo headed demon. Puja start from Sasthi, the sixth day from Mahalaya. Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas are the important rituals of Sasthi. Saptami comes from the day after Sasthi, predawn bathing of ‘Kola Bou’ and Mahasnan are part of this day. The day after Saptami, Ashtami will come. Devotees recite the mantras and offer flowers to Devi Durga for pushpanjali and pray for her blessings. The main Ashtami puja and the Sandhi Puja are performed. After the Sandhi puja starts the Nabami Puja. The main Nabami puja take place on this propitious day. The festival ends on Vijayadashmi which marks the end of evils and emergence of goodness and bliss. Astrologically also this day is considered auspicious to undertake any new venture.
We, About Kolkata Team, wish all our visitors a happy Durga puja. May goddess Durga bless you all with divine power and virtuous qualities and removes the ignorance and darkness and grants the higher knowledge of self.
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About Kolkata Team is proudly announced that this year we organize Durga Puja Parikrama 2012. Our team representative will visit almost all puja pandals of Kolkata with their website printed T- shirt, identity card and cameras. We, thus, cordially invite all puja committees to share their thoughts and ideas with us about their puja pandals. It has been noticed that owing to huge crowd and long quest, people cannot see the well known puja pandals of Kolkata. As such, the team About Kolkata promises all our visitors that this year, we shall present you with photos and videos of puja pandals and idols with their corresponding information so that you can enjoy the festival through internet, sitting at home.
About Kolkata Team seeks your kind cooperation during the visit.
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.
Bengali sweets or Misthi are the integral part of all the celebration in Bengali families. “Misthi Mukh” (sweetening the mouth) is ritual followed in Bengali home whenever there is good news.
Some of the mouth watering dishes are : Manohara, Payesh, Dilkhsh, Misti doi, Nalen gurer sandesh, Rasomalai etc. During sankranti ( a post-harvest celebration in January) Pithae like chanar pithae, a coconut and chana dal sweet; Patishpata, a coconut filled pan cake etc are prepared.
All bengali sweets are usually Chenna or cottege cheese based, this is unique feature as in other part of india sweets are usually khoya based or dey sweets like besan ka laddu or modak or boondi ka laddu.
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