Hello everybody !!
Hope you have already read my last post about how I celebrated the initial Durga Puja days in Kolkata. If not then please read and let me know if you enjoyed it 🙂
As I said I went to my hometown Bardhaman to celebrate the last 4 days of Durga Puja with my family. This is a small post where you will meet my parents for the 1st time in my blog 🙂
Day 8 (Maha Ashtami) :
Ashtami is the Eighth day of Puja. This day is considered to be the day when Goddess Durga finally wins over the demon Mahisasur and frees the world of evil powers.
We fast in the morning until we offer flowers (Pushpanjali) and prayers to Goddess Durga. I have a special relation with Maa Durga of Sarada Ashram. This is a temple near my house. Every year right from my childhood I have always offered my prayers to her. Also the idol remains same every year, only there are slight enhancement in her jewellery.
Of course all the Durga idols we see in any pandal are equally beautiful and sacred. But still I feel a special bond with this Durga Maa beside my house. She is so sweet and pretty like my own mother 🙂
There is also tradition of Kumari Puja on Maha Ashtami day. A girl aged between one to sixteen, symbolising the Kumari form of Devi is worshipped.
Here are some pics of Kumari Puja in Sarada Ashram this year.
Girl whom we worshiped as young Goddess Durga was very cute and had a super sweet smile.
After our worship completed it was time for taking selfie and having some fun 🙂
In the evening we dressed up and went to see some nearby pandals. I forgot the camera at home so could not take pics 😛
Day 9 (Maha Nabami) :
There was heavy rains on this day. So we just went to the nearby temple to watch Sandhya Aarti (evening worship) of Goddess Durga.
Most part of the day was quality time with family.
Day 10 (Bijoya Dashami):
This day feels our heart with sadness as Durga Maa leaves for her divine abode in Kailash. First married women offer sweets, flowers and prayers to Durga Maa and then smears vermillion on each other as part of Sindoor Khela. later a procession with drums and chants goes to immerse the idol in holy Ganges river or any nearby water body.
This day coincides with Dussehra celebrated in other parts of India.
We went to Inox movie hall to watch a Bengali thriller movie “Byomkesh O Agnibaan” in the afternoon.
Here are few pics of us in the movie hall.
We had dinner at a nearby restaurant and came back home.
Thus our Durga Puja completed this year with best of all worlds : pandal hopping in Kolkata, fun with bestie, offering puja with my family, movie and dinner together.
I had the best time during my favorite festival. Hope you enjoyed reading about it.
Let me know in the comment section how you celebrated your festival / any special thing you did this month.