Submitted by Kolkata-Durga-Puja on Tue, 10/23/2012 - 22:11.
Kolkata, Oct 23 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) Mahastami night was concluded with the performance of Sandhi Puja in every pandals (marquees) to give the way in to Mahanabami on Tuesday.
The morning of Mahanabami is commenced with the performance of a special 'Yajna' (fire ritual) with mantras (hymns) being chanted.
But amidst all this, Mahanabami brings in the gloominess as this ninth day is the last before the immersion of the Goddess, putting an end to all the celebrations that the Bengali community eyes for the whole year.
Mahanabami also stands witness to maximum footfalls in pandals starting right from south to north of the city with devotees trying to catch up with every single creations of pandals and idols on this last night.
The city will also shelter out to long queues in front of food junctions and restaurants with people all set to gorge on mouth watering dishes and spicy delicacies from Bengali, Moglai to Chinese, Thai and Japanese.
The adda (chatting) sessions in places like Madox Square are also expected to carry on late into night, leaving no room for missing out precious moments.
The scenario will remain constant from Suruchi Sangha in south to Ahiritola in north with people spending hours in pandal hopping just to get hold of the individualistic style of each decor and creativity.
Meanwhile the picture on the Mahastami night was quite similar to the earlier days with heavy traffic of human beings and cars taking over every other street of Kolkata.
The condition is likely to get bigger on Mahanabami night.
So here's Kolkatans ready to rock the city with nightlong crowd just before the immersion of Goddes Durga.
(Reporting by Shabarni Basu, with images of Mahastami night by Sujoy Dhar)