The Traditional Hatkhola Dutta Bari Durgan Puja (Est. 1716) | WBRi Kolkata Bonedi Barir Pujo Special

Hathkhola Durga Puja

Calcutta, Oct 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) The famous puja of Hatkhola Dutta Bari started in 1716. Ishwar Deb Prasad took charge of performing this Durga Puja in the year 1763 or 1764. During the month of Ashar that is on Shukla Nabami the framework is worshiped and then that is used later on for making the idol.

The ritual of Bodhon continues for 15 days. The Chalchitra is divided into three parts.

On the upper right side of the 'Chalchitra' is the painted image of Radha-Krishna while at the bottom is the image of Chandi of 'Nishumbha' war. Whereas, on the upper left side of the 'Chalchitra' is the picture of Rama and Sita while at its bottom is Chandi in her 'Shumbho' form. At the bottom on the other hand Chandi in her 'Shumbho' form.

At the top middle of the 'Chalchitra', is the image of Kali and at the bottom is the painted image of 10 avtars of Vishnu. On the curved frame work of the 'Chalchitra' are 2 parrots.

On the curved frame work of the 'Chalchitra' are 2 parrots. Towards the idol of Lakshmi on the 'Chalchitra' is the image of Shiva on an ox while towards the idol of Saraswati is Ram and Hanuman.

The lion on the other hand is having the face of the horse. Vegetable and fruit sacrifices (Ripu Boli) are still performed in the Hatkhola Dutta Bari. This family too has the 'Nilkontha' ritual. 'Nilkantho' is a bird as dark as a cuckoo or sometimes grey in color. It's neck is golden or chocolate in colour. Its feathers are blue and its back is blue too. Just before the immersion of the Goddess on Dashami, two 'Nilkontho' birds are set free.

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