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Jaipur Bengalis plan grand Durga Puja festivities this year
A sizable Bengali community in Jaipur is all set for Durga Puja festival ofvictory of Good (Ma Durga) winning over the Evil (Mahishasur, the demon) by setting pandals and stages for performances by invited artists this year. Bengali cultural organizations of the city are going to celebrate Durga Puja with a lot of fanfare this time. A few temporary canopies - held by a framework of poles and draped with colorful fabric - that house Ma Durga idols called 'pandals' have come up in the city.

Over the years, pandals for Durga Puja in Jaipur have become innovative, artistic and to offer a visual spectacle for devotees and visitors. According to Maj. Gen. A Banerjee, Hony. Secretary, Probasi Bengali Cultural Society of Jaipur, a grand Durga Puja this year from 9th Oct. to 14th October has been planned by recreated a flavour of Bengal in the city. Also, as usual the society is going to bring out a souvenir on the occasion.

Jaipur Durga Bari Association, Bani Park and Adhikari of Agrani Cultural Club, Raja Park, have also set up their pandals and have roped Bengali artistes to perform during the four day Puja. According to Dr. S K Sarkar, Hony President, Probasi Bengali Cultural Society, it has been planned to bring in the famous Banhishikha dance troupe from Kolkata to perform a dance drama on Mahishasur Mardini and Durga Stuti this year.

Though, Durga Puja, is widely celebrated in West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura where it is a five-day annual holiday. Also, in various cities have a good number of Bengalis; their cultural organizations celebrate Dura Puma. The festival is also celebrated in Mumbai, Maharashtra, largely by the Bengali community and the Hollywood Bengali actors.

Dura Puma rituals entail ten days of fast, feast and worship by devotees. However, the last four days - Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami - are celebrated with much, fervour, gaiety and grandeur. During the festival, the ten-armed goddess riding the lion is worshipped with great devotion and fath.

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