Mahashoshtthi, Bodhon, Durga Puja.

Today I witnessed the Bodhon ritual of Durga Puja, the most celebrated festival of Bengalis. This is the first day of the five day long festival. Bodhon means awakening of Goddess Durga. This ritual, Bodhon includes the unveiling of the face of the idol. It is believed that the deity comes alive after this ritual. (Run the mouse over the picture.)

The picture below shows some of the ingredients that are required for a Bodhon: a bael, an earthen pot, a kundohari(an earthen bowl full of a type of rice), four bamboo arrows, a green coconut with stalk, a traditional Indian towel and a dhoti.

Today’s Flowers

Pujo Bhog, Community Lunch, Durga Puja
Multicolored Dahlias

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