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Monday, September 28, 2009

Durga Pooja

These are the drums or dhols, which Bengalis call dhaks. Playing the dhaks is considered auspicious.This is the main idol of the Godess Durga, flanked by her two daughters, Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth) and Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge).
On her extremes are her two sons, Ganesh and Kartikeya.
This is another form of rangoli, which Bengalis make with red liquid called alta and rice colours. You have seen other forms of rangoli on the blog earlier.

I finally managed to click some photos of the Durga Pooja panadal. Pandal is a huge area covered with tents where the statue of Goddess Durga is set up for the 4 days ending on Dussehra or Vijyadashmi, which is today. This particular pandal is from GK 2, just outside of my office.

Sorry Maya, the traffic woes kept me from going to CR Park this year as well. Hopefully next year.


I had last year shown the way north India celebrates the festival. Durga Pooja on the other hand is a predominantly eastern way of marking the festival. India is truly diverse and being in Delhi rocks as we celebrate all festivities in all forms.


"A time for celebration, A time for victory of good over bad, A time when world see the example of power of good. Let us continue the same “true” spirit.
Blessing of Dussehra to all"



12 comments:

exposemaximum said...

What a beautiful post ! Glad to see that you covered the festival in a beautiful way. And, your are true that India is truly diverse.

Gunn White said...

This is ART. Photo number 2 and 4 I liked the most.
You have so many beautiful shots, and interesting text, so I will be back for another look soon.

magiceye said...

beautifully shot and presented post!

Hilda said...

Another fascinating festival! The images of Durga and her children are so elaborately dressed. And the rangoli is gorgeous!

R. Ramesh said...

gr8 post..felt good to c this..cheers..

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Those designs are stunning to see.

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Ash said...

Belated Happy Navratri!!!
Lovely images.

nituscorner said...

bijoya wishes to you and family.

Mainak said...

India is truly diverse. And Durga Puja gives us yet another reason to celebrate this diversity.

Though as a Bengali in South India, I really wish I could be in Delhi or Kolkata to celebrate the Puja Vacations. It is so grand out there.

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