In Bengal, Durga Puja is also called Akalbodhan (Bengali: অকালবোধন, 'untimely awakening of Durga'), Sharadiya Pujo (Bengali: শারদীয়া পুজো , ‘autumnal worship’), Sharodotsab (Bengali: শারদোৎসব, ‘festival of autumn’), Maha Pujo (Bengali: মহা পুজো, ‘grand puja’), Maayer Pujo (Bengali: মায়ের পুজো, ‘worship of the Mother) or merely as Puja or Pujo. In East Bengal (Bangladesh), Durga Puja used to be celebrated as Bhagabati Puja. It is also called Durga Puja in Bihar, Assam, Orissa, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh.
The actual worship of the Goddess Durga as stipulated by the Hindu scriptures falls in the month of Chaitra, which roughly overlaps with March or April. This ceremony is however not observed by many and is restricted to a handful in the state of West Bengal.
The more popular form, which is also known as Sharadiya (Autumnal) Durga Puja, is celebrated later in the year with the dates falling either in September or October. Since the Goddess is invoked at the wrong time, it is called "
Akaal Bodhon" in Bengali.
Durga Puja is one of the most important events in the Bengali society's calendar. Many Bengali films, albums and books are released to coincide with the Puja. The West Bengal government gives a fortnight of holidays for the Pujas. This time is used in various ways. Many people travel in India or abroad. Gatherings of friends called "Aadda" in Bengali is common in many homes and restaurants. A lot of shopping is done, and retailers cash in on this opportunity with special offers.
Visiting pandals with friends and family, talking and sampling the food sold near them is known as pandal hopping. Young people embrace this activity. Pujor Gaan (Songs of Puja) are the Adhunik Bengali songs that come out every year during this time.
This year I went to several places in Kolkata to visit pandals. This picture was taken at North Kolkata ( Kumortuli).
Hope you all like this.
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erhan1958 (15717) 2011-10-10 2:46
1000 arm of the Buddha
excellent use of light
india my country is my favorite
greetings from turkey
rmajum (1205) 2011-10-10 2:58
An amazing image of a magnificient idol of Durga.So artistic and good light mgmt & sharpness. Thanx you could spot it amongst the myriads of fine idols in Kolkata.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2011-10-10 7:59
Wonderful art work...special thanks goes to the artist,who made this Durga idol.. so beautiful....it's like a real lady....by d way you have done good job... very nice catch....good management of light....
arnoldenigma (42) 2011-10-10 11:54
Good combination of light and dark.. both in pandel and also by you. Though I think you cud've cropped the upper part a little more. anyway a very good image of a rear idol.
Angshu (56758) 2011-10-11 8:51
Nice...I think you used some filter or PP effect to create a kind of oval viewfinder. Ma looks wonderful...with 22 hands, totally serene...ki rup eta!
axiotea (21651) 2011-10-11 12:09
My compliments to the artist who made such a beautiful Durga statue! It seems She's ready to fly with her many arms which look like kind of wings!
I wish the size would be bigger and just for the fun I made a simpe ws...hope you don't mind ;D
prasun984 (5590) 2011-10-11 18:17
very nice shot of Maa Durga...like the art work by the creator...
like the play of light & shade effect of the image...
agami 17-19 th Oct gaganendra padrashansalay (beside Nandan) kta Photography exhibition ache...2pm - 8p.m....amar 3 te pictures select hayeche...parle aso...invitation railo...ami last 2 din thakbo...
delpeoples (58616) 2011-10-12 2:33
Namaskar dear Arijit
What an exquisite photo of this beautiful goddess. The light is magical and the colours are beautifully rendered. Excellent work.
Have a beautiful day
PS: Yes, often go swimming in that water, bt have never taken the camera in with me. I am thinking of buying som underwater camera protection to take photos of the fish
sa30z (130) 2011-10-13 23:05
Magnificent image of Maa Durga, good light & sharpness.
ranjansaras (34) 2011-10-20 8:17
Awesome shot! Love the tone, and the sharpness. I visited Kumortuli Sarbojanin on Chaturthi night, and clicked a few myself, but hats off to your composition and tonal treatment. Love it!
ravinmb (1303) 2011-10-25 1:33
This is an exclusive shot of yours. Very nicely captured with good management of light. Excellent Work..
Have a great Diwali.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-10-30 20:14
One of the most exquisite images found in your gallery. Illuminated from the under side, the goddess seems to float in the midst of the air. The lighting has also one of the most amazing effects. Neatness, clarity of the rendered image is simply surpassing. Provided open space around the figure, and the presentation astonishes those who meet the image. The magic of the moment is well seen and well captured.
With my very best wishes,
Have a great week ahead, Arijit
- Copyright: Arijit Ghosh (arijit_ghosh86) (795)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-10-04
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D3000, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR Zoom
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/20 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-10 1:59