Durga Puja Mahotsav 2009
Today is the first day of Durga Mahotsav 2009. This day is called Sashti. The deity shown in the photographs are of Shivaji Park, Dadar organized by the Bengal Club. These are the first morning images where you will find that there are no flowers, garlands or any activity around. This is mainly because the Bondhon has not been done.
The Bondhon ritual where life is invoked in the idol, Praanprathista is usually done in Shivaji Park in the evenings as per the timings decided by the committee members of this trust.
This kind of decoration in white surrounding the idol is called Shola. It is in the Bengali community rituals where Goddess Durga is shown accompanied by her children. On her left in yellow saree is Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and music. Next to her is Lord Kartik or Kartikeyan. On Durga Ma’s right side is Goddess Laxmi in pink saree and next to her is Lord Ganesh.
At the feet of Goddess Durga is Mahisasura who is seen coming out of a dead buffalo. The reason behind all this is explained in our previous post- Bolo Durga Mai Ki Jai
We wish all our readers the very best on this auspicious day of Durga Puja 2009 and Shubho Bijoya / Happy Dassera in advance. Do feel free to write in about your Puja/ Poojo experiences with us and also email jpg files of your favorite Durga Puja pandal decorations.
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