Durga Maa departs | wait for a year starts!

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Durga Puja Kolkata 2019

Personally, I’m still unable to get over the feel and emotion that I held for the past one year waiting for the grand Indian festival of Durga Puja. Durga Puja in Kolkata 2019 was more than just Bengali emotions!

The fun strolling the crowded brightly lit streets of Kolkata, smiling faces all around, people in traditional wear possessing a joy on their faces that’s beyond description, the ecstatic smell in the air enchanting enough to make one fall in love-all over again, long queues to enter the pandals for Maa Durga’s darshan, road-side vendors busy hastily preparing famous street-foods of Kolkata and not to mention the mouth-watering nostalgic tastes are among the many joyous festivities we bengalis got to wait for a year to re-experience.

Click here to visit my other blog to view 15 incredible pictures taken during this grand festival. Do let me know your thoughts!

© Jayant Mandal
Durga Puja Kolkata 2019

One beautiful and magnificent part of the occasion that I wanted to cover but couldn’t due to my flight back to Bangalore, is the traditional Sindur Khela.

This takes place on the last day of Durga Puja or Dashami, after concluding the ritual worship.

Married Bengali women(unmarried women take part too) apply sindur or vermilion to the feet of the Goddess, Maa Durga and offer her sweets. They smear each other with sindur in the process of this pious occasion.

I am leaving a link here for you all to navigate and witness this beautiful way of rejoicing on the day of Bijaya Dashami when Maa departs to return next year.

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