Durga (the centre one with trident) is the the Goddess of divine power against all evils. To know about the stories behind this festival please go to my article : Durga Puja
A traditional Pujo (image of Singhi Park)
India is celebrating Durga Puja or Dussera. This is a four days long celebration. Now a days Durga puja is not just making an idol and worshiping. Art has taken a prominent place in the whole process of worshiping Goddess Durga. Neck to neck competition amongst the organisers, this annual fest has ultimately turned into an exhibition of arts and creativity. Traditional way of worshiping have been replaced with modern themes nowadays. But traditional way of worshiping have not completely wiped out as because most of the older generations are sticking to this type of worshiping and disliking the theme worshipings. But modern themes are also welcomed by the public as because there are artistic values in these idols and its pandals (temporary structure like temple or any other building where idols are worshiped). In this post I will try to show you mix of traditional as well as theme ones. These are the tips of the iceberg, one post is insufficient to accommodate all. If your time permits, you may go through my article to know about Durga Puja …
The story goes like this : due to increasing cruelty of the demon king Mahishasura (Buffalo God) against the Gods, the Gods pleaded Vishnu to annihilate the demon. The Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara (Shiva) come together to create a powerful female form with 10 arms – Maa Durga or Mahamaya, the Mother of the Universe, who embodies the primeval source of all power. The Gods then bestow upon this supreme creation their individual blessings and weapons. Armed like a warrior, the goddess rides a lion to battle with the Mahishasura. After a fierce combat the Durga is able to slay the asura king with her trident. Heaven and earth rejoice at her victory, which is marked as the victory of good forces over the evil forces.
Bose Pukur Shitala Mandir (This is a Theme pujo but the idol is very much innovative and artistic). In this city still human pulling rickshaws are there and this pujo has taken the theme of the same. See the image below :
Human pulling Rickshaw
This old house of a landlord family stands in the centre of the city. Financial condition of a family changes with time. The house itself tells their condition. They are no longer landlord now but century old family tradition of Durga Puja they just can not stop. They are some how pulling it. We can see the image of Durga from outside. Let us go inside the house.
This is the full view of the house. But you will be surprised to know that this is not a real house. This whole things are part of the theme of “Samajsebi” of South Calcutta. The house is not real one, it is a temporary structure made of ply, wood etc and painted like an old house. It looks so real that eyes were not ready to accept it as a fake one. These are few to show in this post.
The pandal of “Tridhara Sammelani” of south Calutta. The whole structure including Buddha are made of small small item which are essential for puja (worshiping).
This four days celebration is like an annual art exhibition which are are displayed through out the city. This is the Durga Puja of Calcutta (Kolkata) which comes every year for four days and peoples participation turns it to a Carnival. To know about Durga Puja, click here.