The worship of goddess Durga in the autumn is the year's largest festival in West Bengal, Orissa, Tripura, Assam and other parts of East India as well as in Bangladesh. Durga Puja is also celebrated in Nepal and Bhutan according to local traditions and variations. Puja means "worship," and Durga's Puja is celebrated from the sixth to tenth day of the waxing moon in the month of Ashshin, which is the sixth month in the Bengali calendar. Occasionally however, due to shifts in the lunar cycle relative to the solar months, it may also be held in the following month, Kartik. In the Gregorian calendar, these dates correspond to the months of September/October.
In the Ramayana (One of the great Indian Epics), Rama (The son of King Dasharath) invokes the goddess Durga in his battle against the demon Ravana. Although she was traditionally worshipped in the spring, due to contingencies of battle, Rama had to invoke her in the autumn (akaal bodhan). Today it is this Rama's date for the puja that has gained ascendancy, although the spring puja, known as Basanti Puja, is also present in the Hindu almanac. Since the season of the puja is Sh˘rot (autumn), it is also known as Sharodia.
The pujas are held over a five-day period, which is traditionally viewed as the coming of the married daughter, Durga, to her father, Himalaya's home. It is the most important festival in Bengal, and Bengalis celebrate with new clothes and other gifts, which are worn on the evenings when the family goes out to see the pandals (temporary structures set up to venerate the goddess). Durga Puja in Bengal is a carnival, where people from all backgrounds, regardless of their religious beliefs, participate and enjoy themselves to the hilt. Worship of goddess Durga has now been done all over the world, where there is a Bengali community.
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marjan (6279) 2006-10-03 12:13
hi Sayan, very good shot with excelent details. Nice presentation this exotic place. excelent explanation. TFs
isabela_sor (47748) 2006-10-03 12:29
This colorful picture catches our eyes,Sayan
A beautiful composition with great symmetry and good colors.And thank you for this informative note,too
All the best
leo61 (0) 2006-10-03 13:07
Good and colorful shot of this nice statue.Good sharpnesss,many nice details and wonderful golden/green colors.Good and informative note too.
brian1949 (210) 2006-10-03 14:24
This photo really catches your eye the detail and the colours are excellent.
vincz (19113) 2006-10-03 14:35
Hi Sayan, beautiful catch of goddess Durga. I've followed Durga Puja pictures popping up in TE during the recent period. Your greenish pictures with such a deep glance is excellent. Thanks.
ALIRIZA (16423) 2006-10-03 15:01
Beautiful shot with excelent details. Colors, sharpness, contrast and background are marvelous. Congratulations!
Best wishes my friend...
pankajbajpai (376) 2006-10-03 23:32
NICE SHOT. WELL CAPTURED AND COMPOSED.SHARPNESS IS GOOD.DARK BG ADDS TO THE LOOK OF THE PICTURES. THE COLOURS LOOK NICE.
binita (464) 2006-10-04 3:08
SUBHO BIJOYA. the colour tone of your picture is really nice. very vivid shot.
arjun_das (1851) 2006-10-04 3:12
nice light and colour management. also i like your pov. tfs.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-10-04 6:31
Excellent contrast. The glance of this statue is impressive.
It's well done
alford (3989) 2006-10-04 18:44
Hi Sayan! The sharpness and colors are composed very well, despite the low light conditions - great work! The note is very informative as well! rgds.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-10-05 3:46
Beautiful colors on dress of Ma Durga.But you could have kept her full arms in frame
Cretense (68703) 2006-10-05 12:36
Althougn this photo is from a diferent place, it could make a nice serie with your other two latest photos. Great "portrait", nice central composition and beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your note too!
ChrisJ (113137) 2006-10-06 5:19
I like the fluorescent yellow green colour, which is accentuated by the dark bg. Good sharpness, & tfs!
anjan (1086) 2006-10-07 5:04
Nice shot Sayan, khub sundar mukh, besh ekta ethnic feel ache. Kon pandal? Been out of Kol for long, miss the mutton rolls, phuchkas and khicuri. Subho Bijoya.
pranab (5354) 2006-10-08 3:29
subho bijay (belated)!
been away and busy.no puja here for me.
good tight crop to keep our eyes on the face.
partha (14020) 2006-10-08 12:24
i want to convey the same information to you also.Excellent view of Durga, nicw crop and wonderful tonality.
jhm (152164) 2006-10-10 6:44
Today I browsed to your gallery and found this picture very lovely!
A beautiful composition with great symmetry and good colours, excellent picture of goddess Durga also a very nice sharpness and clarity, thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
Angshu (56750) 2006-10-21 3:33
Love the green tones in this murti of Falguni Sangha...I'd been to this place & here face is extremely beautiful & unorthodox. The sheen on her headdress has come out excellently. Well done Sayan
- Copyright: Sayan Chakrabarti (sayan) (2617)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-29
- Categories: Festivals, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Powershot A620
- Exposure: f/4.1, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Durga Puja 2006, Durga Puja in Kolkata - The Art of Creation [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-03 12:11