And I am back with more Durga Puja Frenzy. By this time you all have guessed that I am somewhat A Durga Puja Maniac. I went to Kumartooli especially to take a peek into the making of the Goddess. For me Durga Puja from Its inception in Mahalaya is the best time of the year.
In my last post it was all experimental theme pooja. I love the art there but the traditional Pooja takes me to some other level of spirituality. (I am a spiritual person and love the festivals of any religion. I am not a religious fanatic. I am Spiritual rationalist who just starts jumping due to happiness during the festivities)
The one whose beauty took my heart away was The Durga idol at Singhi Park, South Kolkata. I always visit this pandal in afternoons. This year my time of visit was around 11 am.
|Singhi Park:A Close up|
|That is how she is garlanded|
|A parting shot|
Sreebhumi Sporting Laketown. My time of visit 5:30 am otherwise you have to stand in 3 km long queue even if you go at 2 am. The major attraction is the diamond jewellery on Maa.
|And there was cement, tiles and paints involved just for five days.|
|It is actually real Big but then there are bigger|
|Notice the crown, necklace and earrings...shine bright like a diamond? Actually its diamond|
|And it was hand craved on wood|
The Poojas I gave a miss were College Square and Mohhamed Ali Park because my husband won't move into that area and I hate going alone especially on Poojas and only on Poojas. The Idol I have never given a miss is Baghbazar. I have a spiritual connect with her. I went there at around 3:30 am in the morning and simply stood there for a time span between a few moments and eternity. I had my eyes tear filled and it was tough to focus with my camera. I usually remain silent for at least half an hour or so after seeing this Idol every year. My photos won't do justice to it. If you want to feel what I and many others feel just go there once.
|Some struggle to put this in a single frame|
|Mother..oh My Mother!|
Park Circus Maidan The Pooja with which my South Kolkata Pandal hopping starts. This year Maa had me in tears. As I entered Matri Vandana was humming in the background and then it was followed by Dhak (Drum) This drum and the chant always takes me into a trance. I get lost in the midst of all and get transcended. A moment came when I could see my Mother in Durga Maa (This is the best thing I love about being a Shakt, you get to transcend to a different spiritual level all together.)
|Park Circus Maidan|
|My mother looked similar when she was angry|
Ekdalia Evergreen: You can vouch that this Pooja will be some Magnum Opus. This year they did what Sreebhumi Sporting Lake town did last year. The gold Jewellery but on a bit larger scale. Nonetheless It is one of the best Traditional Poojas in Kolkata. A must watch.
|Ekdalia Evergreen: Please observe the Jewellery|
|And Your Eyes....|
Ballygunge Cultural: Thematic Pandal but Traditional idol. The fusion never fails:
|A glimpse behind the bars|
|All in the family|
Falguni Sangha: Homely, serene, calm, peaceful.