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Durga Puja In India

Historic foundation

Historically, Durga puja in Bengal was first started around the 16th century. It took place mostly in the houses and palaces of the rich local landlords and Rajas. The commoners had to remain satisfied by visiting these houses only to have a mere glimpse of the festivities. The puja gained great prominence during the British Raj period in its provinces of Bengal and Assam. It is also believed that the worship of the warrior goddess and her darker and more violent version “Kaali” became more frequent in the Bengal region during and after the Muslim invasion in the medieval era. It was in the mid-eighteenth as legend has it that, a group of friends started organizing the puja by pooling in funds. This system of organizing the festival came to be known as “BaroYaari” (12 friends’) Puja. Goes without saying that the number of organizers and contributors soon exceeded 12 and at present, the entire populace takes part in numerous such community pujas by generously contributing money and most importantly their time, energy, dedication, and efforts to plan and organize each such puja and make it stand out of the rest.

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The popularity of the festival

Of late even corporates have entered the fray given the extreme popularity of the festival.  Kolkata Durga puja is the biggest, most flamboyant and widely celebrated festival of West Bengal. Much like the Carnival of Rio De Janerio, Brazil or the Ganesh Chaturdashi of Maharashtra, 1000s of people are involved in the celebrations let alone the unending crowd frenzy.

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The main puja starts from the sixth day or Shashti and ends on the 10th day of Dashami or Durgadasami with the immersion of the idols into the holy river of Ganga or any local water body which is a believe symbolic to send ma Durga back to the holy cosmos and to her husband’s house in Kailash. The idols initially made of biodegradable substances such as hay, clay, and bamboo is not so hazardous to the environment. But the use of cheap paints and chemicals to quickly dry the idols, pose a threat to the environment of heavy metal pollution. To control this, free biodegradable and non-hazardous paints are distributed among the idol makers by government authorities.

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Durga Puja in India  

Today’s Durga puja is not only restricted to Kolkata, West Bengal and its adjoining areas of Assam, Bihar, and Odisha. Durga pujas can be found happening in as far as the American and European countries. The Delhi Durga pujas of cashmere gate and Chittaranjan Park are quite famous and was started as early as the 1910s. Durga puja in Kolkata are of several types—there are theme based pandal pujas, traditional pujas happening for more than 100s of years in the so-called “Bonedibaris” of Kolkata, and there are pujas seen to be performed by small comities in a locality or apartments. Some the old traditional pujas of Kolkata include the Shobhabazar rajbari puja, daw bari puja, Chhatubabu and latubabu’sbarir puja, Pathurighatabarir puja, the Durga puja of Rani Rashmoni;s house, Chandra barir puja, thantania Dutta barir puja among several others. Some of the famous pandal pujas are witnessed in northern parts of Kolkata in Baghbazar, Belgachia, Md ali park puja, Lake town adhibashibrindo, Sreebhumi sports club, college square puja, while the ones in south are Ekdaliah evergreen, Behala, Naktala, Kasba, 23 Pally Deshapriya park puja and the list goes on… not only do the Bengalis but people of all communities take part in puja parikrama. It involves pandal hopping, day as well as night plans, taking part in local programs with an extravagant display of art and culture through music, artwork, dance, and dance dramas. The ecstasy, the madness, the flamboyance, and the craze surrounding this festival of Durga puja, the biggest annual festival of the Bengalis, knows no bounds….

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Short Introduction of Durga Puja

Durga puja or Sharodotsav as it is known in Bengal is the annual invocation and worship of the supreme Mother Goddess or Shakti. The festival is a five-day affair. Its beauty and versatility lies in the fact that the religious affair is not restricted to a particular community or group of people. In Bengal, it is a sort of carnival where every person residing takes part and enjoys the festivities in some way or the other irrespective of their caste, creed, and religious obligations. Sharodiya Durga Puja is held at the onset of autumn after the monsoon starts receding.

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History of Durga Puja  

History says that there was another time at which the festival was held, at the onset of summer and was referred to as the Basanti Durga puja. Over time, the autumn festival, however, gained more popularity. The mythological reference says that this puja was started by lord Ram to win the war with Ravan. Durga puja marks the battle of goddess Durga with the form changing; extremely powerful and strong buffalo demon “Mahishasura.” The battle ends with ma Durga defeating the demon which is symbolic of the victory of the good over the evil, which is a primary theme of the puja.

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This overlaps with Vijayadashami (Dussehra) observed by other groups of the Hindu religion where the theme remains constant and the victory of Rama over demon Ravana is observed instead. Since the puja is conducted during the apparent southward journey of the sun towards the equator, it is also called Akal (untimely) Bodhan as most of the Hindu festivals are held during Uttarayn or the apparent northward journey of the sun. In the Hindu calendar, the festival is observed during the month of Ashwin which is around September and October.

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The puja which is primarily of 5 days observes creation and decoration of temples or temporary stages (pandals) to carry out the puja accompanied with the recitation of scripture (mantras), the socio-cultural performance of art, and activities to bring the people together.

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The puja traditionally starts off with the two-hour program on all India radio known as “Mahishasurmardini” on the morn of Mahalaya. The love for the puja and the indigenous culture is depicted in the fact that Bengalis wake up at 4 am on the morning of Mahalaya, to listen to the holy “Chandipath” in the voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra and late Pankaj Kumar Mallick. Several other programmes are held on TV and radio channels. Special local magazine issues for the Durga puja in local magazines such as Bartaman, Anandalok, Shanaanda, Shukhtara, etc are quite a craze among the people. These not only portray writings and articles of famous writers but also provide a broad platform to upcoming local writers to showcase their talent.

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Durga Puja Parikrama in Kolkata

Durga Puja Parikrama  in Kolkata

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Durga Puja Parikrama in Kolkata is a special ceremony of each and every Bengali. Durga Puja held near the autumn every year.  During this period the sky is blue, the white clouds roam around.  The flowers like Kash, Siuli and the other flowers fill the hearts and minds of all.

Durga  Puja of autumn is called Akaal Bodhan. According to mythology, we know that when Rama and Ravana fought during the war, Rama prays to goddess Durga to defeat Ravana in battle, when Durga appeared before Rama and blessed him. So that Ram Ravan Can defeat the war.

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Durga Puja and Hindu Mythology

According to mythology, Durga was created from Lord Vishnu and other gods and goddesses. When the war was fought between the demons and the gods, and when the demons were defeating the gods, and then all the gods went to the Lord Vishnu and requested him to defeat these giants. Madu -Kaithabh, Shumbha -Nishumbha, Mahishasur In order to defeat the monsters, the Mother Durga is called by all and thereby goddess Durga is formed.

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Durga Puja in West Bengal

For all Bengali’s Durga Puja festival means returning to the house of the daughter of the house. Ten days spent with her parents. She comes her father’s home from the Himalayas with her sons and daughters, Ganesha Kartik, Laksmi, and Saraswati.  After 10 days Ma Durga returns back to her husband Shiva’s home in Kailash.

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History of Durga Puja in Kolkata and  West Bengal

Durga Puja begins many days ago. This puja was started at the house of rich landlords and influential families of the time. Later this Baroyari  Durga Puja became popular. Durga Puja was known only by the eminent personalities of Bengal, such as Maharaja Krishnachandra Ray, or Maharaja Nabakrishna Dev of Shobbazar Rajbari.

The British East India Company was ruling Bengal and the whole of India at the time. Many of British man who supported this Durga Puja used to help this Puja from the company.

During Durga Puja, zamindar houses were organized in different types of events, especially among them, there were Kavi Ganer Asar, Baiji dance, classical music, etc.

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Modern days Durga Puja Celebration in Kolkata

Today  Durga Puja of Calcutta took another form. People come to Kolkata from far away to see Durga Puja in Kolkata organized by various large clubs. The whole of the day and even night is seen on the Durga Puja pandal-hopping in Kolkata.

Durga Puja Festival continues throughout the whole of Kolkata. In these large Pujo pandals, people gather in the crowd to see Durga Puja’s lighting and different kinds of illumination. Durga Puja is the most famous of the theme of Kolkata. Nowadays, the pandals of Durga Puja are arranged in any other historic temple of another state or in a country house or temple style.

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Durga Puja Festival in Kolkata duration

As per the Hindu religion precept, Durga Puja has been observed for 10 days. But on the occasion of Durga Puja of Calcutta, 5 days are held. The days are divided into Maha Sasthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Bijaya Dashami. Puja is started by performing Kala Bou Chan on the maha Saptami and Durga idol is sacrificed in the water through the ceremony of Vijay Dasami.

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Durga Puja Parikrama 2019

Mercury Tour Operator conduct Durga Puja Parikrama in Kolkata. We arrange Gram Banglar Puja Parikrama in Bengal. Durga Puja is a famous festival in Kolkata.  Rich Zamindar families in Kolkata and Bengal started these pujas. Many families in Kolkata doing traditional Durga Puja in their houses. These families do Durga Puja with a strong dedication maintaining all the rituals. These Pujas are older than 100 years or even more.

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Gram Banglar Durga Puja Parikrama 2019.

It is a special heritage trip to certain Villages of West Bengal. Experience Royal family’s Durga Puja in and around Bengal. Mercury Tour Operator conduct Gram Banglar Durga Puja Parikrama every year. Experience many oldest royal houses in Bengal. The royal zamindar houses are located at just a few hours drive from Kolkata.  You will enjoy our Gram Banglar Durga Puja Parikrama from Kolkata. It will also be a great learning experience for those who like historical places.

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Puja Parikrama Tour details for Gram Bangla 2019

5th OctoberMercury tour operator‘s representative will Pick up from Esplanade at 8.00 a.m. Pick up from Shyambazarat 8.30 a.m. We will start Gram Banglar Durga Puja Parikrama by 8.45 am.

We start from Seoraphuli Surendranath Ghosh‘s house Puja.

Next destination will be Bansberia Hanseswari Temple and Bansberia Jamindar house Durga puja.

Our next destination is Guptipara. We will visit historical temples in Guptipara like Brindaban Chandra Temple, Ramchandra terracotta Temple, Chaitanya Temple & Krishnachandra Temple.

We will visit Guptipara Deshkali Dacoits Kali temple. Later visit Kirti Chandra Sen Jaminder Barir 400 years old Durga Puja.

Now we will go to Kalna Rajbari temple complex. Experience Terracotta temples and 108 Shiva temples in Kalna.We will drop at Esplanade and Shyambazar respectively.

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Durga Puja Parikrama In Kolkata

Mercury Tour Operator conducting Traditional Durga Puja Parikrama in Kolkata every year with a glorious celebration.
We provide breakfast and lunch along with AC vehicle with proper guidance.
We visit well popular jamindar houses to enjoy Banedi Barir Durga Puja in Kolkata.
Our special Puja parikrama package starts early in the morning from the esplanade. Mercury Tour Operator is very famous for its traditional Puja parikrama tour package in Kolkata.

Durga Puja Parikrama In Kolkata Tour Plan 2019

8.45 am (app): start our Durga Puja Parikrama package from Sovabazar Choto Rajbarir Puja followed by Shovabazar Baro Rajbarir Puja.

Next destination is Collage street Thanthania for Dutta Bari Durga Puja.

Now we will proceed to Chatu Babu -Latu Babur Barir Durga Puja.

Our next destination is Khelat Chandra Ghosh Barir Durga Puja in Pathuriyaghata.

Our next Rajbarir Puja is Rani Rasmoni Barir Durga Puja in Janbazar.

Our last Puja Bari location is Bhawanipur to visit Mullick Barir Durga Puja pratima darshan .

Now it is time to take Our Puja Special Lunch at the AC hotel (banquet hall).

3.30 pm (app): We will finish our Puja Parikrama 2019 by dropping our guest at Esplanade(4 pm) & Shyambazar(4.30 pm)

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