Durga Puja in West Bengal is a mega event nowadays. The state capital Kolkata undergoes a makeover during the festive days. The ‘ City of Joy’ becomes a little India . At one end you can see a small desert with life size camels and the ‘pandal’ itself is a miniature edition of some famous fort of Rajashthan and at a stone’s throw from the fort stands the Kailash temple or a small village . Kolkata is sure to dazzle your eyes and rejuvenate your soul during Durga Puja. The decoration of different pandals, the idols of Devi Durga along with her children all are unique in their own ways.
According to the myth , Goddess Durga was created by the combined energy of the Holy Trinity of Hindu religion ,Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswar (Shiva) to defeat the demon Mahisasura. She is the ultimate incarnation of sublime womanhood. Durga Durgotinashini ( the eliminator of all sufferings) is worshipped by her devotees from Saptami to Dashami( four days) and then the idol is immersed in water . The ritual is called “biswarjana”. In Kolkata the ‘pandals’ and idols are made from all possible things one can imagine….paper,brick,stone,leaf,plastic,flowers,bottles…you name it we have it. An array of creativity along with awesome artistic sense and skill would make you stand with a gaping mouth ! If you have never been in Kolkata during the Puja time , you’re missing something !