Kolkata, Oct 18 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): A mood of sadness overwhelms the entire West Bengal as festivity reached its last day on Sunday. It is Mahadashami, the final day of Durga Puja, and the goddess will go back to ‘Kailash’ once again.
This year rain has continuously disrupted the mood of festivity and joy and Mahanavami was no exception.
The famous pujas in Kolkata like ‘Suruchi Sangha’, ‘Shiv Mandir Durga Puja’, ‘Mohd. Ali Park’, ‘Bagbazar Sarbojonin Durga Puja’, ‘Mudiali Club Durga Puja’, ‘Barisha Club’, continued to attract more and more devotees on the night of Mahanavami as well.
People hopped pandals with umbrellas in their hands and by the evening the most popular puja ‘pandals’ were buzzing with devotees.
On Mahadashami, the people are hoping for a dry day so that they can bid farewell to the goddess hassle-free.
The fifth day-Mahadashami- formally starts with special pujas, yagna and maha arti, followed by darpan bisarjan (ritually bidding adieu to Goddess Durga and her four children-Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesha; although idol-immersion started in the afternoon).
The rituals rounds off with Aparajita Puja (special worship for eternal victory). As the day graduates, women crowd at the marquees (pandals) across the city to bid farewell to the Goddess and her four children with vermillion and sweets.
Sindoor Khela or (Smearing of Vermilion) mark the day when women folk smeared each other with red vermilion.
After this, starts the frenzied immersion ceremony. Long processions with drums and trumpets are taken out through various cities of West Bengal and finally reaching various banks of river Ganga or other rivers where the idols are immersed.
After the immersion ceremony is over, people start wishing each other ‘Shubho Bijoya’, a custom followed by the Bengalis all over the world.
This years festival will come to an end on Sunday, and from tomorrow people will start waiting patiently for next year’s ‘Durga Puja’ to come, as they say- ‘Asche bachor abar hobe’ (Next year, once again).