Durgapur, which literally means “Home of Durga” is buzzing with the preparation of Durgapuja, the greatest festival of the Bengalis. The cosmopolitan industrial town of Durgapur celebrates Durgapuja with all the fun and enthusiasm every year. This year too, preparation for Durgapuja is in full swing and wherever you look at or whatever you hear is all about Durgapuja only, which is seen as the homecoming of Goddesses Durga.
With just 10 days in between, before Devi Durga arrives, last minute preparations are in full swing. The pandal making is in its last stage and idol making is all set to be completed. Puja shopping is in its last lap. All the shopping mall of the town, like, Junction Mall, Suhatta, Big Bazar, Dream Plaza, Reliance Trendz, is seeing huge rush. The conventional markets of Durgapur, like the Durgapur Rail Bazar, Benachity Bazar, Chansidas Market, Mamra Bazar is seeing maddening crowd in the last fortnight or so.
Durgapuja, also referred to as Durgotsava or Sharadotsav is an annual festival of the Bengali Hindus whch marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. This year the goddess Durga arrives on an elephant and departs on a boat . Goddess Durga’s arrival on an elephant signifies good harvest while her departure on a boat signifies flood, misery and good harvest.
This year, Durgapuja is slated to begin on 19th October, Friday (2nd Kartik 1419), referred to as “Panchami” and will ends on 24th October, Wednesday (7th Kartik 1419), which is known as “Dashami”. This year the puja timings are as follows:
PANCHAMI – 19th October Friday (2nd Kartik 1419): From 9.10 am to Next day 6.48 am
SHASHTI – 20th October Saturday (3rd Kartik 1419): “Kalparambho”: 9.27am. Durga Devi “BODHON” “Amantran” and “Adhibas” in the evening. From that day 6.49am – Next day 4.32am
SAPTAMI – 21st October Sunday (4th Kartik 1419): “Nabo Patrika” Within 9.27am.
Predawn bathing of “Kola Bow”. From that day 4.33am to next day 2.28 am
ASHTAMI – 22nd October Monday (5th Kartik 1419) : SANDHI PUJA 12.17 am to 1.05 am. Sacrifice – 12.41 am. From that day 2.29am – Next day 12.41am
NABAMI – 23rd October Tuesday (6th Kartik 1419) : From that day 12.42 am to next day 11.15 am
DASHAMI – 24th October Wednesday (7th Kartik 1419) : Bhasan (Immersion) within 9:27am. From Previous day 11.16pm – that day 10.12pm.
Durga Puja, the most happening festival of the Bengalis can be sensed in the air now. With its spurt of fanfare on all the four days of the Puja, this autumnal festival is something for which Bengalis wait and prepare for the entire year. Bengalis all over the world during these days of Durga Puja rejoice to their heart’s content reconnecting with friends and relatives. Durga Puja is an occasion when the familiar sound of Dhak, Dhunuchi nachh, the mild fragrance of Shiuli, pure adda, eating to hearts content and gives a familiar tug to every Bengali heart.