Flavours of Local Festival
The biggest festival of Kolkata (India) is Durga Puja ( worship of Goddes Durga). When the rest of India is celebrating Navratri and fasting, Kolkata is celebrating Durga Puja and feasting. As a bong, I also enjoy the flavour of this festival. This is mainly 4 days long festival. But, in Kolkata, it is celebrated throughout a week. Here, I just want to portray some glimpse of this local festival as an entry of WPC –Local .
The worship of the idol of Goddess Durga goes for 4 days in the time of the festival. The idols are made up of clay and bamboo sticks. Then, painting and decorations are performed over the idol of clay. During the time of the festival, idols are placed in temporary temples, which are called Pandal. The pandals are built with bamboo, clothes, and plaster of paris. The Bengalis (bong) are very creative in making of those Pandals and idols. Number of competitions on these creative works have been going on all over the Bengal including Kolkata.
Igniting the incense sticks or Agarbati is one of the most important Indian rituals of performing any Puja.
In the last day of Puja, the idols are immersed in the local river and the festival is ended with the hope of performing it in the next year.