Until next time – immersion of goddess Durga

Kolkata bids adieu at the ghats of Kolkata marking the end of Durga Puja 2016


October 15, 2016

/ By and / Kolkata

The Durga Puja in Kolkata, the capital of  West Bengal in the eastern part of India came to an end yesterday with idols of the goddess Durga being immersed in the Hooghly river, which is part of the Ganga or Ganges. People from across the city came along with the idols from their pandals to say goodbye to the goddess as immersion porters as per the environment policies of the state of West Bengal, executed the immersion process in a biodegradable fashion. With the infectious energy of the dhak percussion, women dressed in red and white danced beside the men in traditional kurta-pyjamas/dhotis while children echoed- ‘Ashche bochhor abar hobe‘ (It will happen again next year). Brimming, moist eyes are common to witness during this occasion, called the Bisworjon, as the people wait with bated breath for the goddess to arrive next fall, or Sharod as the season is called. A poignant occasion, Bengalis count their years in the number of Durga Pujas they experience. Those who have moved to other cities experience an inexplicable homesickness.



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