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What makes Kolkata's Durga Puja even more special?
Kolkata's Durga Puja is known to all and every one of us wishes to visit Bengal at least once during the Durga Puja. For all the ten auspicious days, Puja fever grips the heart of each individual in the city of joy despite their age, caste, class or gender. The whole West Bengal greets Goddess Durga along with mighty demon Mahishasura with open arms. People are filled with emotions of togetherness as it is the best time for homecoming for kins living outside the city. Let's find out more about what makes this Puja even more special in Bengal:

Theme based creative pandals and imaginative Idols of Durga and other gods

Durga Pandals

Pandal is the main center of attraction during Puja in Kolkata. The committees involved in making pandals sweat it out to make each one of them a must watch. The creativity, imagination and hard work used in pandal making, makes each one of them stand out. Besides, the Idols of Durga and others are obviously the most significant part of the this grand event. The deity in her avatar appears stabbing Mahishaura while sitting on a lion in every pandal.

Dandiya, garba, music and dance make the nights amusing on the last five days

Dandiya Dance

While half of the population spends Puja, hopping from one pandal to another, the other half prefer to shake a leg on the music played by their favourite DJs in clubs and halls. DJs, garba, dandiya make the Puja even more special. Group of friends, families, bachelors, all take part in it and enjoy every bit of the festival.

Ashtami Pushpanjali, Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja

Flower offerings (pushpanjali) on Ashtami morning (eighth day of the festival) during the Puja is one thing no one can miss, especially Bengalis. If you are in the city, the sight of people and even strangers offering flowers to the goddess would be a common sight for you. Furthermore, Maa Durga is worshiped in many forms and one of the most common form is of Kumari (virgin).

A teenage girl aged between one to thirteen years is picked for worship, in front of the Durga idol. Seen as the purest form of worship, one of the most famous Kumari Pujas is the one that Swami Vivekananda initiated at Belur Math in Howrah. The practice still continues.

Two types of Puja: 'Para' (locality) and 'barir' (home).

Type of Puja

Kolkata witnesses two types of Durga Puja each year, apart from all the rituals. While the way to rejoice both types of Pujas is different, both have their own significance. One is celebrated in respective 'para' (locality) wherein lights, designs, themes, ideas and crowd play an important role. Few people of a particular area collect 'chanda' (contributions) from all the homes and build a beautiful pandal for performing Puja.

The other gets celebrated at an individuals `barir' (home) and has a homely effect. It brings people closer to their roots with a sense of homecoming.

Sindur Khela, Vijaya Dashami:

Sindur Khela

Dashami is a day that can bring tears to anyone's eyes as it fills every Bengali heart with grief. Actually, it is the last day of Durga Puja and on this day, married women come together at Puja pandals and smear each other with sindur. It appears much like playing Holi and the custom marks farewell to Goddess Durga.

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