Durga Puja is the main festival of Bengalis. It is believed that Mother Durga comes to earth (her mother’s home) every year for Navratra that is nine nights…… twice a year. We worship Durga as the daughter of the household and pamper her for the last six days of the navratra from sashti to Dashami. A lot of stories are associated with this festival which is held on a grand scale. You can read them here.

The festival is also the biggest social occasion as Durgotsavs are not celebrated in the households but in the groups and gatherings. Men and Women dress up in their finery for this five day festival. In Kolkata the city stops completely in these five days and the people are all out strutting their finery, shopping, gifting, eating, all of it on a very very large scale. They go all out and about in this festival. It is my favorite time of the year.

Durgotsav is celebrated twice a year……. once during March and once during September-October, depending on the moon. This is the idol of Ma Durga during the Sharadiya Durgotsav festivities last year in September. The second pic is of all kids with their pets and Mahishasur.

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  1. Reply
    Jenny January 29, 2012

    I am loving your links to Alphabe-Thursday!

    I know so little of India and it is such a pleasure to visit and read of these festivities!

    Thank you for sharing this.

    I am fascinated!


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    Leah H. January 26, 2012

    Gorgeous! So many interesting things to learn about India and that really fascinates me:)

    Visiting for Orange Tuesdays! Hope you can stop by:)

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    wifetoalineman02 January 26, 2012

    beautiful idols like a typical Indian beauty, loved it πŸ™‚ visiting from Orange Tuesday, hope that you can return the visit too.

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    chubskulit January 25, 2012

    Coming back for Orange Tuesday.

    Orange Tuesday post at my page.

    I would like to invite you to join Color Connection every Friday, hope you can join. It’s at my daughter’s blog. Thanks!

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    Kim January 25, 2012

    This is a great moment. I really like the entire scene.

  6. Reply
    Leah H. January 24, 2012

    That is amazing and very interesting!

    Visiting for Mellow Yellow Monday! Hope you can stop by:)

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    chubskulit January 24, 2012

    So pretty!

    Yellow at my page. Please come and see. Thanks!

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    Esther Joy January 24, 2012

    Very interesting. When I saw your title on Jenny’s link up list, I thought maybe it was going to be about some “American Idol” winner. (Not long ago we had a winner from Arkansas, and last year we had a contestant that was from our area.)

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    Liz January 23, 2012

    Beautiful shot. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC
    Liz @ MCN

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    wifetoalineman02 January 23, 2012

    she is so beautiful like a natural Indian woman πŸ™‚ visiting from MYM, hope that you can return the visit too.

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    Jim January 23, 2012

    Great shots.

  12. Reply
    Kim, USA January 23, 2012

    Awesome shot!

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    Rohit Sareen January 22, 2012

    powerful shot…i like the closeup u’ve got on this!

    also, i’d really appreciate if you could contribute for Saturday Sareenity.


  14. Reply
    deb duty January 21, 2012

    So colorful and pretty!

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    H January 21, 2012

    Very interesting? Is Mother Durga the one who rides a tiger?

  16. Reply
    Jo January 21, 2012

    what beautiful photos! and i enjoyed learning more about your culture!

  17. Reply
    danneromero January 21, 2012

    so colorful! beautiful!

  18. Reply
    Cedar January 21, 2012

    Very intriguing!

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    Mama Zen January 20, 2012

    What beautiful pictures!

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    Judie January 20, 2012

    Do the celebrations in spring and fall coordinate with the planting season and the harvest? Your pictures are wonderful. I love reading about other cultures. Thank you!!

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