Durga Puja 2011-Worldwide

Michigan: Washington Bangla Radio: Bidisha Bagchi:

Bengalis are there all over the World and it is said that wherever there are 3 Bengali families, there has to be a Durga Puja. Well, may not be quite true but the fact that Durga Puja is ‘Sarvajanin’ i.e. for everyone, Bengalis try to start a Puja whenever there are enough number of enthusiasts. Calcutta has the cream of Pujas but this feature is about the Pujas that are held Worldwide, organized by the NRIs. 

A big Thank You to everyone for sending in their best photos of the Pujas 2011.


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: 

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(Sydney's Das Barir Pujo)

Bengali Association of New South Wales


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Photo Courtesy- Pratik Ganguly, Sydney


LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM:


The Puja is organised by the Hindu community of the West Yorkshire region and is held in the Leeds Hindu Temple. Address: Shree Hindu Temple, 36 Alexandra Road, Leeds L36 1RF

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(Photo Courtesy: Ms.Jayeeta Banerjee, Leeds, UK)


ROYAL BERKSHIRE BENGALI ASSOCIATION (RBBA) SLOUGH, UNITED KINGDOM:


RBBA celebrated its 3rd Durgotsav in Baylis House, Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3PB. 

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EALING, LONDON


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RAMKRISHNA MISSION, VEDANTA CENTRE, UK, BOURNE END, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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(Photo Courtesy: Ipsita Banerjee, Berkshire)

PANCHAMUKHEE, HARROW ARTS CENTRE, HATCH END, MIDDLESEX, UK

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(Photo Courtesy: Artee Vedula, St. Joseph, USA & Aloka Ghosh, United Kingdom)

BERLIN: GERMANY

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(Photo Courtesy: Annesha Lahiri, Berlin)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH:

Jagannath Hall, Dhaka University


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KHAMAR BARI, FARMGATE, DHAKA:


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(photo courtesy: Dr Loya Islam, Dhaka & Ms.Asmita Swarup)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND 

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(Photo Courtesy: Tanushree Choudhury, Zurich & Artee Vedula, St Joseph, MI)

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (JABA):

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Jakarta Bengali Association (JABA) organised it’s 28th Durga Puja at Shiva Mandir, Pluit Jakarta from 1st October till 6th October to celebrate the festival amongst the 500 odd Bengali folks residing here. It was inaugurated by the Indian Ambassador H.E. Shri Biren Nanda and was celebrated in traditional pomp and glory over the entire 6 days starting from Maha-Panchami on 1st October. We also had cultural functions, Dhunuchi Dance, children's games and shows along with the festivity.

(Photo Courtesy: Jaideep Bhattacharjee, General Secretary, JABA)


PARIS, FRANCE (SAMMILANI)

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 (Protima & Cultural Programme photo courtesy: Mr.Mani Chatterjee & Mr.Ashim Roy, Paris Sammilani)


MALAYSIAN BENGALEE ASSOCIATION (MBA)- KUALALUMPUR:

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(Photo Courtesy: Mr. Kamal Chakraborty, Malaysian Bengalee Association)


SINGAPORE BENGALI ASSOCIATION: 


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This is the largest Durga Pujo outside Kolkata. A near 100 metre long tentage with a 40 metres air conditioned Prayer tent and a 60 metres cultural stage and dinner tent formed this year's mega Pujo in Singapore. The Murti was air-flown from Kumartuli this year. The Priest was Shri Muktipada from Delhi Kalibari and total 6 days Pujo was offered on the specified days and according to Panjika. There were more than 1000 visitors in the morning and more than 3500 in the evening. the days were packed with cultural programs that included performances by members and external artiste. Bharatnatyam, bhangra and Lion-dance to signify the multi-ethnic culture of Singapore.

(Photo & text courtesy: Mr.Nikhilesh Gupta, President, Singapore Bengali Association)


TORONTO, CANADA:


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(Photo Courtesy: Madhulagna Ghosh, Toronto)

AMAR PUJO TORONTO, MISSISSAUGA, CANADA:


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(Photo Courtesy: Debashis Roy, Toronto)

MOSCOW DURGA PUJA ASSOCIATION: 


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(Photo Courtesy: Nitin Aurangabadkar, Moscow)


NANDAN (An Indian Bengali Association) AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND:


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Nandan (An Indian Bengali Association) Incorporated was formed on the 11th day of March 2003. The organization had its humble beginning with 25 families and has grown ever since.  Now in its 8th year – Durga Puja was not just a community celebration but a celebration for all who visited.  Durga Puja was celebrated on the 7th, 8th & 9th October at Glenavon School, Auckland, New Zealand.  The day was filled with Puja activity and in the evenings showcased a cultural program that was not only entertaining but surpassed  expectation. India and especially Bengal celebration were utmost on everyone mind.

(Photo & Text Courtesy: Griselda Leela Karmakar, Amar Bhattacharya & Nandan, Auckland)


WELLINGTON DURGOTSAV COMMITTEE, NEW ZEALAND:


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(Cultural Programme)


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(Photo Courtesy: Mira Chakraborty & Wellington Durgotsav Committee)


BENGALI ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (BAWA): PERTH


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(Photo Courtesy: Ayan Ghoshal, BAWA)