Suvo Sharadiya… the essence of the pujas

Maa Durga has come. The stage is set for all the fun, enjoyment, lots of eating and some mischiefs. Everybody has already completed  their stage rehearsals…. what to wear, where to eat, where to hop and so on. Where as the children are raring to go with their parents in their most beautiful puja dresses, the teens and tweens have already sorted their plans for the next five days. Fuchkas in the pandals, a little exchange of the mischievous eyes, long standing in the queues, observing the human deities (both the Kartiks and the Laxmis 😉 ) along with the deities from the heavens, the accidental but welcome touch of hands and lots of ADDAs will light up the days. Even the late night return to homes and sometimes staying the whole night outside are allowed for the next 5 days. Some new hopes, some new friends, some new relations are on the cards. The Pandal Hopping has never been tiring. As always we will be enthusiastic to watch the deities in the THEME PUJAS and the TRADITIONAL PUJAS.  Add to these are the experiences scattered throughout the pages of PUJA SHANKHAS (the special puja editions of the magazines). I still enjoy my childhood favourite SHUKTARA. The adventures of BANTUL THE GREAT and HANDA-VONDA still eludes me in the puja days. As if the puja is incomplete with these immortal creations of Narayan Deb Nath. The PABBUNIS (puja bonus) from the Grand Pas and the Grand Mas cannot be missed. Though I don’t receive it nowadays ( I used to receive it from my Grand Ma, now she resides in the HEAVENS… MISS YOU NANU ) but the thoughts really do make my heart warm… they really bring back the memories of childhood. But who can forget the NARUs (a variety of sweet meat) and the NIMKIs (a variety of chips) that our beloved MAA-KAKIMAS (mothers and aunts) prepare for us on the DASHAMI evening. They really write the ending of the Pujas in a mouth watering way 🙂

The Pujas have come and now it’s time to sway with the KASH FULS (catkins)  and dance to the beats of the DHAK. The next few days we will live the life to the fullest forgetting all our work, busy schedules and complicacies. Such are the essence of the Pujas.

Lastly, I would like to wish my readers a VERY HAPPY DURGA PUJA and NAVARATRI and DASHERA. Enjoy the festivities… enjoy the DANDIYA, the GARWA, the DHUNUCHI- dance and the SINDUR KHELA. As a festival gift I would like to give you my reader a phtoshop creation of mine…


Signing off…


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