5 October 2014

Durgashtami and Durga Pandal visit

After our day tour of dasara bobme arrangements(check post here), night was the tour of Durga Pandals. With Navmi and Dashami fallen on the same day this year, we had only two days to visit Bengali Durga pandals, as the pandals were up for just last three days.

While few pandals have the idol of just Durga, the Bengali Durga Pandals have the idols of Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Ganesha and Kartikeya along with Durga as Mahishasur Mardini. Durga who is considered as an aspect of Parvati is the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya.

The next Durga Pandal(off GB Road Thane), always had rich pandal with replica of temples or heritage sights of Kolkata. This year's replica was of Shobhabazar Rajbari of Kolkata.

The Shobhbazar Rajbari or Shobhabazar Royal Palace is among one the oldest Royal houses of Kolkata aristocrcy. Built by Raja Naba Krishna Deb, it is famous for its annual Durga Puja celebrations started by Raja Naba Krishna Deb in 1757. 
This is all for this year's Navratri celebration. Wishing Ma Durga, Chamundeshwari bless us all with happiness and prosperity in the year to come.