Presenting the 2nd post of the 4 post Durga Pujo special series – “Mahalaya & Torpon – the colors of arrival” – the countdown for Bengal’s Biggest Festival – the one thing that unites bongs from all over the world in an epic euphoric celebration of Good over the evil – Durga Pujo.
Devi Durga – the principle form of the Goddess, a symbol of power, affection and victory of good over the bad might have been created in the Heavens with special powers from multiple Gods to defeat the notorious Mahisasura (the Buffalo Demon)
But Ma Durga – who resides in every Bong’s heart, no matter in which part of the world they are, is crafted with great care and affection by mere mortals residing in the narrow lanes and by lanes of one of Kolkata’s oldest and largest clay art ‘studio’ – Kumartuli (the potter’s quarter)
Welcome to the First of the 4 part Durga Pujo special series. It’s Pujo time 😀 !!!
With a prayer hall the size of an indoor stadium (capacity for 10000 people), two large Ablution Pools and Three high Domes – The Nakhoda Masjid , standing at one of Central Kolkata’s oldest neighborhoods – the Chitpur Area of Burrabazar business district, rightfully earns it’s place as the Principal and the largest mosque in Kolkata.
It is also a prime tourist attraction in Kolkata owing to its sheer size and magnificent architecture.
The Ganga Arati conducted at Chhote Lal Durga Prasad ghat (almost adjacent to Asia’s largest flower market – the Mullick ghat flower market ) – is probably the only place in Kolkata where you can perform the arati yourself.
But here at Bagbazar Ghat, for the last 5 years (started by Ganga Mission Welfare Society from the 22 nd of August 2010) there has been taking place another form of the Ganga Arati – which resembles the Benarasi style( from the holy city of Benaras ), although on a smaller scale.
DCP Expeditions (Dr Caesar Photography) has been organizing nationwide photo walks to support the global snapshot of bio-diversity for National Geographic’s “The Great Nature Project”
In Kolkata, DCP had organized photo Walks for 2 days ( May 16 and 17 ) across 4 different locations.
Ganga Arati – a term synonymous with places like Haridwar, Hrishikesh and Varanasi has in recent years become quite an integral part of us – the people of the city of joy. Over the years evening prayers have been started at quite a number of Ghats along the Ganges.
But probably the only place in Kolkata where you can perform the Arati and not just witness it is the Chhote Lal Durga Prasad Ghat – almost adjacent to Asia’s largest flower market – the Mullick ghat flower market.