Durga Puja, Kolkata – 2019
Traveling is indeed refreshing if travelled to the right place at the right time. For example, visiting a hill station in summer does look like travel goals by stating “beating the heat” but hill stations appear to look the best during winters with snow capped mountains and snow-falls.
Much like that, the best time to witness the beauty of the City of Joy is visiting during Sep end – Oct, the time of Durga Puja. The city is beautifully lit all across during this festival!
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 their mouth-watering nostalgic tastes are among the many joyous festivities we bengalis got to wait for a year again 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!
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.
This is the most happening part of the year in the City of Joy where thousands gather from nearby towns and villages to have a glimpse of one of India’s biggest Hindu festivals, Durga Puja. The festival is celebrated with unparalleled energy levels and enthusiasm for 5 days starting from Panchami until Dashami.
If one plans to visit Kolkata, there could not be a time more right than this!