Monday, October 25, 2004

Durga Puja Ends Posted by Hello

The festival of the victory of good over evil and the victory of Goddess Durga over the tyranny of Mahishasura - Durga Puja got over with Vijaya Dashami yesterday with the immersion of the idols in Ulsoor lake among revelry and dancing and shouts of "Bolo bolo Durga Ma ki Jai" .

4-5 days of great merriment and fasting till afternoons and pujas and cultural programs and community food and festival ... I came back home yesterday - This time it was the 50th year celebrations of our puja - 'The Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Samiti' - and the clay-based idols of the Goddess Durga and others - Ganesh, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Karthik in all white colours - were just too good with all the intricate Sola work and traditional decorations ... About 3 lakh bengalis reside in Bangalore today and about 20 pujas are conducted all over the city. We friends went out on the last day and saw four of the other pujas being conducted in town. If I catch hold of some photos of this time's puja Ill put them up later.

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