It’s true! As much as I once complained about water balloons and air pollution and goat sacrifice, I have now realized how festivals, when celebrated in the right spirit, are just another reason to have fun! Laugh a little, know your neighbors, forget about your work stress, dance with strangers on the street! And you know what’s more important about festivals?
Shubho Mahalaya! Picture taken at Komurtulli – the place where all the Pujo magic is created!
I love grand festivals, and I cannot lie!
It’s true! As much as I once complained about water balloons and air pollution and goat sacrifice, I have now realized how festivals, when celebrated in the right spirit, are just another reason to have fun! Laugh a little, know your neighbors, forget about your work stress, dance with strangers on the street! And you know what’s more important about festivals? How they can become the reason someone falls in love with a city!
Hate the traffic all you want, but you can’t deny how joyous Mumbai is around Ganesh Chaturthi or Navratri. I visited Vrindavan during Holi this year, and even though I continue to hate being colored by known and unknown people alike, I will count it as one of my top travel experiences. And you know another such great city-festival match made in heaven? Durga Pujo in Kolkata!
Now, I have visited Kolkata several times over the last few years, and not once did I enjoy it as much as I did over the 4 days of Pujo! The city is alive; every face is lit up with a smile; every stranger has a greeting; and every step has a bounce. Pandas go all out, not just with decorations and festivities but also educational and environmentally friendly themes. In fact, ironic as it is, even while a vague attempt is visible at maintaining the religious motive of the festival, worship is the last thing on anyone’s mind. People are out there with their families, dressed to the nines, enjoying the lavish feast laid out at every pandal, dancing to the music, feasting their eyes on how colorful and vibrant the city is. Pujo in Kolkata is more of a community gathering than a religious celebration.
- Shubho Mahalaya ~ Spirit of Durga Pujo!
- Dhaam, Baaja, Baraat (and LOTS of crying) – Inside a traditional Gaddi wedding!
- The Kerala recipe for instant love!
Pujo in Kolkata
And above all, what I loved about Pujo in Kolkata, the symbolism attributed to every idol of the imitable Goddess. 4 days of celebrating Durga as a mother of Saraswati (nowhere else do you see this), Durga as a warrior defeating the demon Mahishasura (Thus earning the title of Mahishasura Mardini), Durga as a daughter returning to her homeland for the autumn break, and Durga as our dearest motherland, basking in the glorious cries of Bandemataram (Hail Mother)!
Pictures From Shubho Mahalaya
I saved these pictures for all of last year, waiting to feel a little nostalgic while browsing through them, waiting for the start of Pujo, waiting for Kolkata, and the rest of India, to welcome Mahisasuramardini once again! And today it is, Shubho Mahalaya everyone! 😀
So that concludes the Shubho Mahalaya. If you have any questions, related to it, lets get in, discuss it over comment section. 😀