Maha Shashti of Durga Pujo

Yesterday was Maha Sashti, 6th day of Durga Pujo of Bengalis.

Significance of Maha Shashti

For Bengali people each day of Durga Pujo has its own significance. Maha Shashti of Durga Pujo too has its own significance in the rituals. The day begins with bodhon or unveiling of face of Goddess Durga. Finishing touches are given to the decoration of pandals. Most mothers observe fast on the Maha Shashti day of Durga Pujo. They pray for the welfare of their child, do anjali (offerings to God) wearing new clothes. After they break their fast they eat limited food stuffs and non veg food is a strict no.

Durga Pujo Pandals

There are around 22 Durga Pujo pandals(a temporary gathering place) in Bangalore this year (the figure can only be higher definitely not lower.) The festive mood has set in and Bengalis seem to be fully and grandly dressed up for it. I have shut my kitchen down for these 5 days. The pandals have plenty of food stalls and loads of entertainment programs.

When I started writing it was still a Monday, 19th October. Yesterday on the day of Maha Shashti of Durga Pujo I visited 4 pandals, one in Indiranagar and 3 in Koramangla. Each is different; you can notice the differences in the make of the idols. Hope I will be able to visit more in the coming days. With traffic chaos increasing every other day commuting from one part of city to another is getting increasingly difficult.

Indiranagar Durga Pujo

Maha Shashti of Durga Pujo 2015

Koramangla in Bangalore has 3 pandals.

Koromangla Pandal 1

Durga_Pujo_Kormangla_1

Idols at Koromangla Pandal 2

Durga_Pujo_Kormangla_2

Koromangla Pandal 3

Durga_Pujo_Kormangla_3

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42 Responses

  1. Hilary says:

    Colourful and lovely. So many celebrations and events to learn about.

  2. sylviakirk says:

    Great shot indeed and I do agree with Hilary! So many things to learn about and I enjoy all that I have learned about so far!! Hope you have a great new week, Indrani, and thank you for all that you share!!

  3. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful coverage of Durga Pooja.

  4. Yogi says:

    What you are talking about and your photographs are so exotic and beautiful

  5. India’s culture is so rich, so fascinating and so colorful. What are the traditional food served during this festival?

  6. So colorful and vibrant the festival is πŸ™‚ I love to go out and see the pandals

  7. Sri Kri says:

    Vibrant and colorful.As you said we can notice the differences in the make of the idols.

    Cheers,
    Sriram & Krithiga

  8. DeniseinVA says:

    Fabulous photos Indrani!

  9. magiceye says:

    Indian festivals are so much fun!!

  10. Arun says:

    Lovely pictures.. Had been to the ‘koramangla pandal 2’ yesterday.. and visiting pandals is always so much fun.. πŸ™‚

  11. MP UPPAL says:

    Thanks for the information and bright images about the special puja!

  12. Apart from being colorful and captivating aura of Maa Durga, she signifies the women power and power of good over evil. Lovely post Indrani

  13. Eileen says:

    Hello, what a lovely and colorful festival. Seeing the Pandals and the food stalls, it is all so festive. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

  14. subh soshthi mahapujo!
    Great post..

  15. viola says:

    I didn’t know about this festivals, so interesting to see the details in your pics.
    I am fine and hopethe same to you πŸ™‚ Good to see you again πŸ™‚

  16. Beautiful pictures.. Thanks for sharing dear πŸ™‚

  17. viola says:

    Oh.. I think you’ve changed blog? I think you had blogger before..?

  18. Very exotic and a great photo- op.

  19. Jeevan says:

    Nice to know about your practice of Durga Puja and hope u enjoy uncooked days πŸ™‚

    Superb capture on the Pandals

  20. Chaitali says:

    My wishes to you and family on this auspicious Durga Pujo.

  21. Birgitta says:

    So interesting! Lovely pictures!

  22. Gattina says:

    A very interesting post !

  23. Bibi says:

    Your Indian festivals are so intriguing…and colorful.

  24. India has so much history to celebrate and wonderful colourful festivals!

  25. dNambiar says:

    I wish I could shut down my kitchen for 5 days. πŸ˜€

    Nice to see the Pandals. Beautiful lighting in them. Thank you for showing us these Pandals. Enjoy the festive season, Indrani. πŸ™‚

  26. Colorful pictures from colorful India. Keep sharing Indrani.

  27. Subho Ashtami
    So beautiful photos.
    Greetings

  28. Rakesh Pandey says:

    In Bombay we do have Durgapuja, hosted by Bengali communities. I always love to haunt the Pandals till Deepavali. They are so beautiful!

  29. Murthy says:

    Good post for the season considered.Blog’s new look surprised me.

  30. Learned a lot from this post and loved your beautiful photos!

  31. The Great Cultural Activities.. Thanks for sharing the background of Durga Puja in Bengal!

  32. Such colourful pictures that make India the country it is! And I love d Pujas…gives me a sense of belonging πŸ™‚

  33. SynnΓΆve says:

    Wonderful photos of this fantastic theatre scenes.
    Amazing !

  34. Beautiful murtis! I am enjoying reading about these Puja updates… getting to learn so many new things. I am planning to make a story based on your previous Mahishasura post and tell my daughter! πŸ™‚

  35. vatsala mallya says:

    Lovely Pandals,so beautifully decorated signifying mahashakti Godess Durga !
    Shubho Durga pujo…

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