Contemporary Themes,the Main Attraction of Calcutta Pujas
Today(Sept. 25) is the Maha asthami(the auspicious eighth day of the new moon).In Calcutta, devotees celebrated their most auspicious day of the festival with elaborate rituals since early mornings at the pandals.
Calcutta and other parts of Bengal, where the festivals are most grandly celebrated and it is considered utmost important to worship Goddess Durga on this day.
Devotees line up from the early hours to offer flowers(anjali). After the prayers, the Prasad (sacred food) is distributed. Priests perform rituals by chanting religious verses.Bengalies prefer non-vegetarian foods in this day.
Today’s choice:The themes at Santosh Mitra Square Park Puja pandal (make shift structure) in Calcutta is always contemporary and innovative in nature.This year they create the replica of Statue of Liberty – the symbol of freedom.
Their pro- industry theme was among the major attractions among pandal hoppers.And as usual Maddox square also in South Calcutta,if you are a ‘adda’ (gossip) lover Bengali,then it’s a ideal place for you and don’t forget to spend hours staring at chirping girls.
On this day some traditional pujas like Belur Math,worship of a yound girl depecting as Devi Durga,also take place.
The Dhaki (drummer) held the dhak (drum) on his shoulder and is beaten with two sticks.The 10 handed Goddess Durga made up of clay is on top of a lion.Her hands carry different weapons in them except two which holds the spear which has been struck into the chest of Mahishasura(demon).The four children are accompanying Durga-Laxmi,the goddess of wealth,Saraswati,the Goddess of knowledge,kartik,the god of warship and Ganesha,the elephant faced god representing everything that is good..