Incredible Astami

My Day Today on Astami (Durga Puja’s third day)

4:34 pm: Left my house, took my cousin sister, got on our car

4:__pm: Reached the first pandal (BJ Block puja association):

5:__pm: Reached the second pandal:

5:__pm: Dropped my cousin sister at our house

5:__pm: Asked the chauffeur yo drop us at the Underground Rail station

5:__pm: Traveled six stations up

6:__pm: Saw two pandals (66 Pally, Aghrani)

6:__pm: Drank a can of RedBull

6:__pm: Kept Walking

6:__pm: Saw another pandal (Chetla Aghrani)

7:__pm: Kept walking

8:__pm: Stood in queue for another pandal (Deshapriya park)

Deshapriya Park was a pandal whose murti has 1000 hands of the Durga instead of the traditional 10. People flocked to visit it.

9:__pm: Saw Deshapriya Park (Didn’t get a clear shot in the crowd)

10:__pm: Hopped on a Underground Train

10:__pm: Saw some other pandals:

11:__pm: Reached home


Durga Puja- Mahasaptami

Durga Pujor preeti ‘o subhhechha!

The Durga Puja – Tradition, Heart and Soul of the Bengalis or Bangalis.

The Durga Puja is celebrated all over West Bengal, India and the World.  This is celebrated over five days.  The first, yesterday, was Mahasasthi when we invite Goddess Durga from the heavens and the day when the Puja begins. Pandals or Canopies are made, where the Goddess stays for the five days.  Purohits greet her with all the rituals (seen in the featured image, in yellow).  Today, Mahasaptami, is when it all begins: Competition between clubs, Themes everywhere, And of course Greetings.

Here is the Gallery of all the Pandals I have seen so far: