Sunday, 5 October 2014

Durga Puja : In Odisha and parts of India

By: Team PenTastic
CUTTACK : By Shubhashree Jena, 4th Year, CSE ]
 [ Compiled By Pratikshya Satpathy]

Over the years,the Millenium City has been famous for the celebration of Durga Puja.
Sharadiyo Durga Puja is celebrated in the Oriya month of Aswina(September?October) with utmost solemnity,euphoria and panache..

 The origin of the Durga Puja celebration in Cuttack can be dated back to the years 1512 to 1517,when Chaitanya Deva is believed to have come to Cuttack, 
the capital of Gajapati empire of Odisha, and the then emperor Gajapati Pratap Rudra Dev had received him at Gadagadia Ghata, situated near the river bank 
of the Mahanadi,very close to the Kings Palace, popularly known as Barabati Fort.In that year,Chaitanya Deva had started Durga Puja at Binod Bihari temple,presently known as Balu Bazaar.

 Cuttack is famous for the richly decorated and beautifully made idols of Maa Durga,adorned with gold and silver jewellery. The entire city is flooded with the idols of Maa Durga,during this part of the year. The ornate and intricate piece that forms the backdrop of the idols,is referred to as "Medha". Starting from the Choudhury Bazaar Chandi(Silver) Medha,which is partly plated with gold,to Chandni Chowk Chandi Medha,to Sheikh Bazaar Chandi Medha,
the list of the famous Shakti shrines in this part of the globe,is endless.
 The sight of the Goddess slaying Mahishasura(the demon),depicts the power of "Shakti",which inturn,depicts the power of a woman. The festival instils a spirit of holiness and sancity in the whole community and a devotional atmosphere is witnessed.
Durga Puja starts with Mahalaya.The inauguration of the Goddess is done on Mahashasthi,when unveiling the face of the deity is the main ritual performed.
Mahasaptami marks the first day of Durga Puja.An ancient ritual of worshiping nine types of plants,as a symbol of the Goddess is performed,on this very day. Mahaashtami begins with the recital of Sanskrit hymns, in community puja pandals,as thousands of devotees offer "Puspanjali" to the Goddess. As the day proceeds,the time for Sandhi Puja arrives,which marks the inter-linking between Mahashtami and Mahanavami.
During this juncture,Maa Durga is worshipped in her Chamunda form,as She killed,Chando and Mundo, the two asuras at "Sandhikhan" and thus acquired the name of "Chamunda".
Mahanavami is the concluding day of Durga Puja.The main Navami Puja begins after the end of Sandhi Puja when the "Navami Bhog" is offered to the Goddess.
Vijaya Dashami,better known as "Dussehra",is the day on which the devotees bid farewell to the Goddess after 3 days of Puja.
After the immersion of the idol,people celebrate "Ravan Podi" (they burn the huge idol of Demon Ravana), thus signifying the end of destruction,in the world.

BHUBANESWAR: [Pictures collected by Pratikshya Satpathy, Final year, CET]

"Maa Durga" and the pandal at Rasulgarh! 

 It was barely 3pm in the afternoon when the roads in Bhubaneswar were almost flooded with people, who came all the way to witness these beautifully designed pandals and seek blessings of Maa durga!

Not just the pandals, but also to enjoy the fairs, that grabbed better attention of the crowd! :) and also enjoy the rides and the food stalls around! 
Much to the awe of the spectators, this time the puja committees were more organised with more security services which made the proceeding much easy and better! 
All Hail! Happy Dusshera to all! 

                                          The Jharpada Durga Puja Celebrations! :) :)

[ Compiled By Sradha Suman Mahapatra ]

MYSORE: [ Pictures Collected by Archit Acharya, NITR]

Wiki says, Mysore Dasara is the Nadahabba (State festival) of Karnataka. We have also heard of it as Navratri (Nine nights), which is a ten-day celebration, the last day being the Vijayadashami, which denotes the victory of  truth over evil, as in Hind Mythology this day is known to be the one when Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura ! Mr. Archit Acharya of NIT, Rourkela helped us arrange some pictures of the celebration at Mysore this year; and here we present them to you.

DELHI :[Collected By Swastika Dash, NIFT, Delhi ]

Delhi, the capital city of India is as busy as a bee-hive throughout the year. But who doesn't find some time for the grandest festival of India ? Here are some of the pictures which Miss. Swastika Dash from NIFT, Delhi helped us collect, through her friends Ms.Laya Supreeti and Ms.Priyanka Maharana. 

GIDHNI (WEST BENGAL) : [ Pictures sent by Nitin Agarwal, Final Year, CET ]

While enjoying a morning drive from his village Chakulia in his new car ( "My brand new car", he says :D ), Mr.Nitin Agarwal came across an interesting pandal decorated for Durga Puja at Gidhni, a small village in the Medinipur district of West Bengal. Now what made Nitin stop and get down from his car to take a look was the cute and interesting theme of the pandal. "I saw a huge bullock-cart", he says. It was organized by Gindhni Purbasha sarbajanin durgatsab. Intrigued, when I Google-ed it, I found out that this organization was established in the year 2001 and is organizing theme-puja-s since 2006. It had also won an award from News Time Media in 2012. 

And inside the bullock-cart was the beautifully decorated idol. "They had maintained an eco-friendly theme depicting various aspects of village life; the bullock-cart, different stages of farming etc.", Nitin describes.


He says, "My journey included Gidhni, Kharagpur and kolkata. Apart from this village theme, I came across another beautiful pandal in Gidhni, which was organized by the Gidhni Sports Club. The arrangement resembled that of the inside of a wrecked ship. There were various marine species, flora and fauna, and there was also a awesome tunes playing in the background like the sound of water flowing. They were basically trying to show how the seas get polluted by human activities and the species get affected by that. It was amazing !" 

Then Nitin sends us so many beautiful pictures that he clicked during his little trip (Well, may be not that little). We show some of them here, below. Do have a look ! 

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