So, finally I am back to blogging after my long hibernation! And my feelings are not much different from how we used to feel as school students, when school used to reopen for the new session after the 2 months long summer vacation. This was before the age of mobile phones and Facebook, and phone calls were not so cheap, so we were not able to keep in touch with friends during the break. And so we would excitedly share stories of what we all did, places we travelled, summer courses we did, and what not!
So today’s post will be about the annual event for which I, along with every other Calcuttan across the globe, waits for as eagerly, as a school kid waiting for school to get over!
That period of 4 days which turns the city of Calcutta into one BIG carnival! I have already done a post on Durga Puja last year. But, this year I have been able to capture many more aspects of the ceremony, which was missing last year. And, hopefully the images captured this year will provide a fresh perspective. This year, Durga Puja was celebrated in the first week of October.
PART 1- The Preparation
Kumartuli is the locality where majority of the artists who create the idols of Durga, reside. Months before the Puja, the artists start creating the idols using clay from the Hooghly river which flows by the city.
PART 2- Pandal Hopping
And once the idols reach the respective Pandals all across the cities, it is time for the festivities to begin. People throng the streets, going from one pandal to another. Artists put their best efforts at creating structures made on bamboo structures, which are jaw-droppingly creative, to say the least.
PART 3- Sindoor Khela
The Sindoor khela or Play with vermillion is perhaps the most colourful event of the Puja. It is held on the last of the Puja, and traditionally married women are supposed to prepare the goddess Durga for her final return journey. After the religious customs are completed, women smear each other with the vermillion.
PART 4- Protima Bisharjon/ Idol Immersion
This is the final part of the 4 day festival with which the festivities come to an end. Idols from all across the city are taken to few designated places by the Hooghly river to immerse the idol in the river.
Let me know if you enjoyed the Photo-Essay. 🙂
Thank you for your interesting explanation of this colourful and fascinating festival. I look forward to more of your informative blogs. I learn more about India every time I drop by.
Ah!! Thank you SO much!!! You should try to visit the place…it is an interesting place…rather I would say eventful!! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by! 🙂
Sayantan, love the story and the photographs. The photographs are making me very nostalgic – miss the Kolkata Pujo.
Thank you Swati Di!!! I guess staying so far from Kolkata makes it even more difficult!! 🙂
The first photo is hauntingly breathtaking. Seriously.
Thank YOU Monk-Monk!!! 🙂 🙂 That’s my favourite of the lot too!
This is good, some photos are outstanding especially the ones with laser blue rays!
Thank you so much!!! You may be surprised to know that the effect of lasers was created by some ingenious use of led light strips!!
What a fantastic visual journey. But then I’d expect nothing less of you. I love the intermingling with the black and white with the vivid colors. Just wonderful. So glad you’re back. You were seriously missed. 🙂
Thank you SO SO much Elizabeth!! 🙂 Happy that you liked them..and yes, even I am so glad to be back bloggin..it’s as if I am meeting my friends after a long time…in fact not “as if”..it is…that i am meeting my friends after a long gap!
You have done an exceptional job by almost resurfacing the Durga Puja fever even though it’s been months it’s over. The visuals are absolutely stunning, both the images of the lone gods as well as the pandals that scream out with details. Please do keep blogging more frequently! And oh, a small suggestion, you must link this post to the Durga Puja post of the previous year!
Hey Snowflake!! Thank you and thank you!! I had thought about linking it to the previous year’s pujo post…but I forgot…thank god for friends like you…who keep a sharp lookout for slips! 🙂 🙂
This is superb! Everything is jaw-dropping, the pandals themselves and the pictures.
Hehe…thank you, thank you!! *blushes a deep shade of purple* 😛 😀
I think this should totally feature in that WordPress News where your holi article got published 😀
Ah!! well…I wish you were the editor of WordPress News!!! Then I would have no worries!! 😀 But, nothing is more satisfying than friends liking your work! 🙂 Thank you! 🙂
Why? Why is all your comments to me dripping with sarcasm ‘cheerful person’? 😀
Hehe…not sarcasm…that’s for people who mess with me…not friends!! It’s more like…i am missing the right word here! But, no…definitely not sarcasm! 😀
Haha, I think I know what you are talking about and I would sincerely try to believe you on that one 😛
Why do i get the feeling that you are pulling my leg!!! Be warned!! No messing with the legs of Know-All! 😛 😀
Fantastic post and very interesting to see photos from the whole thing. That first photo is really stunning I think.
Hey Thanks buddy! Glad that liked the set..and yeah…the first one was kinda satisfying…not just from the composition perspective, but also the post processing aspect! Thanks for dropping by! 🙂
I’d seen a few of your images earlier, but putting them against the narrative backdrop has really made them come alive! I miss the Pujas, dearly! Thanks for sharing the photos and the images… such a vibrant set, too! Beautiful work!
Thanks a lot Shutter-Tripper! 🙂
Do you do this for a living? You should!
Hello Lady A-maze-ing! 😀 That’s an awesome compliment…and yes..i am seriously contemplating the same…but then again…many a slip between the cup and the lip! 🙂 Hope you are keeping well! 🙂
Nice to see you out of your hibernation 😀 Like CG I like the first photo best, but all are intriguing and so vivid. Thank you for sharing!
Hey Paula! Thanks a lot!! I came out of hibernation and immediately went back! 😛 Thank you for dropping by! 🙂
Great pictures… just darun! … 🙂
Thank you, thank you!! 😀
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