A genetical celebration of Calcuttans....
Durgapujo- what does the word signify? It means Durga- the almighty goddess and Pujo- offerings to god. Its a festival going around and in Calcutta through ages. I am 21 years old and visited only last 3 years Puja in my own city and guess what I feel ashamed for it. When was a child it was more like madding crowd and I didnot want to venture into it. Sometimes holding my mother's hand or with dad, went for some pandals hopping. Now all must be thinking what i s pandal? Its a structure made up of wood and clothes which is apparently assumed to be Goddess Durgas home or temple.
Ritual says every year during the month of october ,Maa durga ie Goddess Durga comes visit its homeland ie Calcutta with her children ie karthik, ganesha, Saraswati, Laxmi... Its been perfomed for 9 days then maa durga travels back to heaven (mythological belief).
Its like the whole calcutta dresses up only to welcome its very own Durga Maa. The whole city i s lightened with diyas, lights, candles, thousands and thousands of bulbs, decorative lights. There are fairs all over the city around the pandals, city gets its meaning,city gets its Maa. Truly noone can question the tag City of Joy given to Calcutta during this time, because if we want to see joy happiness you can see it in every calcuttan's eyes. The mason who cannot afford new clothes during whole year also buys new stuffs for his children and wife. You can see lacs of people haunting around the whole city whole night just to visit those beautiful evergreen mandaps or pandals.