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~ Sindur Khela | The Vermillion Game ~
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Dashami is the day when
Goddess Durga accompanied with her children sets for Kailash, her husband's abode. With a heavy heart the Bengalis immerse the clay idol of Durga in the sacred Ganges bidding her goodbye and earnestly waiting to see her again the next year. The immersion ceremony is called "Bishorjon".
At Daasami, Idols are taken away in large processions for immersion in water. "Sindur Khela" (Vermillion game) is a major event of Dashami. First, the married women greet the Mahadevi for one last time, accompanied by rituals. They do aarati, but ready-to-chew paan-leaves in the hands of the goddess, put sweets on the lips of the idol, wipe out eyes as one does to wipe off the tears when leaving a loving place. This event is called "Durga Baran".They apply vermilion to the Goddess's head and to each other and greet each other with sweets.
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Photo captured inside the durga puja pandal at my hometown...

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