It is the time to keep aside the stress and to comeback to your roots when the striated autumn white clouded sky, enchanting sight of wall-to-wall ‘Kashfool’ and fragrance of ‘Shiuli’ and Lotus flower, smell of special Puja publication of “Shuktara” takes out to join hearts. Every Bong worldwide will agree to do even overtime in office for taking vacation in the month of Aswin from the first to tenth day of the bright fortnight with Virendrakrishna Bhadra’s goosebumps giving voice on Mahaloya, Soptomi’s pandal hopping, Anjoli, Sindurkhela etc.
Ya Devi Sarbavuteshu Shakti Rupeno Sangsthita – this goosebumps giving mantra welcoming the biggest festival & celebration in Eastern India, Durga Puja. Durga thakur comes with the power of mothers and women. The festival marks “victory of good over evil”.
Myth behind Durga Puja
Goddess Durga is referred to as the Goddess of Power (Shakhti). The idol of Goddess Durga has ten hands and sits on the back of a huge lion. She fights with a demon Mahisasura with ten different weapons. The two daughters of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, stand on either side of their mother. Lakshmi is the goddess of fortune and Saraswati is the goddess of learning and wisdom. Their two brothers, Kartik and Ganesh sit next to them. For three days, the images of these Gods and Goddesses are worshiped along with their mother goddess Durga. The puja starts from the seventh day of the moon.
Still for a Bengali, out of Bengal, it is the time to revive the old memories. Bengali societies from different countries like United Kingdom to USA to everywhere else have made Durga Puja globalized. Most heartwarming thing of this festival is, it has no any restriction of cast, colour or religion. Every person from every cast from every religion just hold hand to hand to celebrate this.
Ya Devi Sarbavuteshu by Virendrakrishna Bhadra on radio welcomes this festival in every 8 to 80’s mind and vein. Most of Pratima(Idols) for Durga Puja come from Kumortuli. Banana tree (Kolabou) bath on Saptami, the famous Bengali adda of kaka kakima dada boudies, early waking up of the most sleepiest person also to give Anjoli on Ashtami, having grandma’s own recipes with khichuri and obviously feeling the fast heart beating after seeing the next door girl or boy in a new look – this joy cannot be replaced by anything.
Dashami is the time when Puja gets over, Sindurkhela to Visarjan everything takes place on this day. The normal routine life starts again after this, when people get to a new start encouraged by colourful memories in mind, warmth in heart and with new hopes and aspirations and nothing but some unforgettable moments.