Dr. Loya Islam of Dhaka took time out of her busy schedule to capture the wonderful Pujo moments in the city. Shared with WBRi by Ms.Asmita Mukherjee: take a trip down the streets of Opar Bangla's Dhaka and enjoy the spirit of Puja.
Calcutta, Oct 6 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS): As the night of Mahanabami faded away, the morning of Bijaya Dasami (Vijayadashmi) makes you feel that it is time for Durga to leave earth and go back to her home in Kailash.
A tinge of sadness is in the air, but it is also the time when a
yearlong wait begins for the Mother Goddess to return next year around
the same time.
The week long celebration and festivity is finally going to get over
today as the idol will be taken to the river Ganges and other water
bodies and then immersed.
Before immersing into the water the idol is worshipped by the Bengali
women with sindur (vermilion powder) - this ritual is called 'baron'.
Sweets are distributed among each other to mark the mood of festivity and the occasion.
The men greet each other with warm embraces while the juniors of the
family show respect to elders by bending down to touch their feet.
As the idols are immersed into the Ganges, it will once again be a
patient wait for one year till goddess Durga arrives on Earth with her
children to spend five days and allow people down here to celebrate the
mood of festivity.
Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external
pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and
idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you in 2011).
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