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Kumartuli to Jacksonville

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Ma Durga crosses the Atlantic to shower her blessings on the residents of Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville was my first place of stay in the US and I can easily call it my second home. So while all of my friends and family were enjoying the arrival of the ‘Mother and her Family’ in the City of Joy, I did not miss much of the fun, thanks to the efforts of so many people who made the Jax (as we lovingly call the city of Jacksonville) Durga Pujo possible.

This post is dedicated to their hard work and enthusiasm.

Thanks to Mayukh Da, for the write up.

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Crafting Gods and Demons at Kumartuli | Kolkata

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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  😀 !!!

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Nakhoda Masjid | Kolkata

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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.

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Monsoon Melodies

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Monsoon is here and so are the thundering clouds and the accompanying rains. For long we have been relentlessly praying for this season, tired of the blazing heat from the unforgiving summer Sun.

This post is dedicated to the season of monsoon, it’s varying moods, colors and melodies from certain parts of the country as well as from the coziness and comfort of home sweet home.

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Ganga Arati at Bagbazar Ghat | Kolkata

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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.

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