• Pujo-Ashchhe…How Maa Durga begins her journey!

    by  • September 30, 2014 • Culture, General, Heritage, Photography • 1 Comment

    Today on Maha Shashti, we bring to our readers a guest post by fellow walker Samudra Sengupta, who joined our Pre-Durga Pujo Special walk at Chittaranjan Park in early September.

    A Biologist by training, writer by profession, photographer by habit, foodie at heart, Samudra says ‘adventure is my sustenance … that is how I like to believe I am’…. His earlier Photo-stories can be found here http://samudrasengupta.wordpress.com/)

    Having stayed away from my Bongo roots almost continuously since 2005, the Bengali in me often faces an identity crises. Mostly so during the month leading up to the biggest festival of the Bengali calendar. Durga Pujo.
    Though I have long back saved a copy of Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s “Mahalaya” on my laptop, and though having experimented and perfected quite a few bengali dishes, this period is never quite devoid of the ‘Bangaliyana'(OK OK I just coined that term I guess!!), I cannot help the longing for the smell of the ‘shiuli’ flower. Nowhere else can you feel the same festivity in the atmosphere as we prepare for the arrival of Maa Durga and her children.
    DelhiByFoot a few months earlier helped me to introduce me to the tradition of breaking fast with friends during the month of Ramadan. On this second walk, the first Sunday of September, with DBF, I found a little bit of the Bengali in me amid the ‘Kumhors’ (Idol Makers) of mini-Bengal, in the heart of Delhi.

    An attempt to connect with the roots … an effort to live the pre-durga puja festivities …

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    There is nothing more motivating than good food to get you out of bed early on a Sunday morning…

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    Or great stories…

    After a peek into the essence of Durga Puja through the narratives of Ramit Mitra, the founder of DelhiByFoot,

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    off we go searching for the idol makers of mini-Bengal..

    to learn the nuances of idol-making ...

    to learn the nuances of idol-making …

    which begins here ...

    which begins here …

    starting from the skeleton of sticks and hay ...

    starting from the skeleton of sticks and hay …

    fleshed out over months of labour ...

    fleshed out over months of labour …

    মাতৃকার চিন্ময়ী কে মৃন্ময়ী তে আবাহন.. goddess durga ... is invoked ...

    মাতৃকার চিন্ময়ী কে মৃন্ময়ী তে আবাহন..
    goddess durga … is invoked …

    হিমাচল দিলেন সিংহ বাহন ... riding on a lion ... she marches into battle

    হিমাচল দিলেন সিংহ বাহন … riding on a lion … she marches into battle

    দেবীর আবির্ভাবের শুভ বার্তা প্রকাশিত হলো ... decorated with the arms of the various gods (and the painstaking artwork of the artisans)  Its not just hay, sticks and mud ... but various colours and other materials ...

    দেবীর আবির্ভাবের শুভ বার্তা প্রকাশিত হলো … decorated with the arms of the various gods (and the painstaking artwork of the artisans)
    Its not just hay, sticks and mud … but various colours and other materials …

    তিনি এক, তবু প্রকাশ বিভিন্ন ... carefully attired she is the devotion of the artist ...

    তিনি এক, তবু প্রকাশ বিভিন্ন … carefully attired she is the devotion of the artist …

    বাজলো তোমার আলোর বেনু ... the goddess takes final form...

    বাজলো তোমার আলোর বেনু … the goddess takes final form…

    মাতল যে ভুবন! ... finally the face is carefully sculpted ...

    মাতল যে ভুবন! … finally the face is carefully sculpted …

    The children of the goddess ... saraswati, lakshmi, kartik and ganesh ... মামা বাড়ি ভারী মজা ...

    The children of the goddess … saraswati, lakshmi, kartik and ganesh … মামা বাড়ি ভারী মজা …

    often parents take pride in being identified by the deeds of their children ... so is it among the gods ... Ganesha, the first worshiped ...

    often parents take pride in being identified by the deeds of their children … so is it among the gods … Ganesha, the first worshiped …

    Mahalakshmi ... the consort of Vishnu ..

    Mahalakshmi … the consort of Vishnu ..

    Saraswati ... the consort of Brahma

    Saraswati … the consort of Brahma

    নব শোভা নব ধ্যান ... she is one ... yet she is us all ...

    নব শোভা নব ধ্যান … she is one … yet she is us all …

    প্রকৃতির অন্তরাকাশে জাগরিত জ্যোতির্ময়ী জগন্মাতার আগমন-বার্তা ... even nature feels in its existence the arrival of the goddess ...

    প্রকৃতির অন্তরাকাশে জাগরিত জ্যোতির্ময়ী জগন্মাতার আগমন-বার্তা … even nature feels in its existence the arrival of the goddess …

    মহামায়া .. she is an illusion ...

    মহামায়া .. she is an illusion … সনাতনী … yet she is eternal

    শক্তিরূপা she is the embodiment of power

    শক্তিরূপা she is the embodiment of power

    তব অচিন্ত রূপ চরিত মহিমা divine in her glorious form she is embodiment of everything good ...

    তব অচিন্ত রূপ চরিত মহিমা
    divine in her glorious form she is embodiment of everything good …

    দেবীর সঙ্গে মহিসাসুরের প্রবল সংগ্রাম আরম্ভ হলো ... fighting the eternal evil

    দেবীর সঙ্গে মহিসাসুরের প্রবল সংগ্রাম আরম্ভ হলো … fighting the eternal evil

    Durga puja is not just a festival ... it is a part of the bengali existence ... just like the chai and adda ...

    Durga puja is not just a festival … it is a part of the bengali existence … just like the chai and adda …

    Durga Puja is the existence of an entire culture ... the essence ... the definition of devotion ... the bengaliness

    Durga Puja is the existence of an entire culture … the essence … the definition of devotion … the bengaliness

     Jai Maa Durga!!

    Wishing all our readers a very happy and wonderful time of festivities!!

    One Response to Pujo-Ashchhe…How Maa Durga begins her journey!

    1. Jayendra
      September 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Keep me informed about the trips planned

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