Kolkata(India), Calling You To It’s Majestic Festival ….Come…Refresh Yourself….

City Of Joy refers to the cultural capital of India, Kolkata, The capital of the state West Bengal in India. Every year a highly significant and broadly celebrated festival called Durga Puja, held here in September or October, depending on the lunar calendar.

Durga Puja is a religious festival celebrated to commemorate the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasura, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. She is a symbol of love, power, courage, and kindness, and as a mother, she loves her children. She is also a warrior goddess, who defeated her enemy, Mahishasura, after engaging in a fierce battle with him. The preparation of Durgapuja starts a few months before the puja…..

The idols of Goddess Durga and her children (Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Kartik) are meticulously crafted by skilled artisans. These idols are often known for their intricate details and artistic beauty. This Idols called “Murti”

The Idol called Murti

Durga Puja is not just a religious festival but also a cultural extravaganza. Many pandals organize cultural programs like music, dance, drama, and recitations, providing a platform for local artists and performers to showcase their talents.

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Cultural Programs

The festival involves traditional rituals, including the worship of the goddess, offering prayers, and immersion of the idols in the river on the last day, known as Vijaya Dashami. Thousands of devotees gather at riverbanks to witness the immersion procession.

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A unique and popular tradition during Durga Puja in Kolkata is the “Dhunuchi Naach” where devotees dance with a smoking pot (dhunuchi) filled with burning coconut husks and incense while offering it to the goddess.

Dunuchi Nach

One of the popular activities during Durga Puja is “Pandal Hopping” where people visit different pandals throughout the city to admire the decorations, idols, and cultural events. Really the city becomes another world during the Festival. Come in this October to participate in this festival, it’s an excellent time to experience the city’s rich cultural heritage and vibrant traditions.

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Durgapuja Pandals made of Bamboos & Other Material

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@end of the Article you will find the best Hotels & Cuisines(With video) for staying in Kolkata during the celebration

Overall, Durga Puja in Kolkata is a celebration of art, culture, and spirituality that brings the entire city to life. Even at the time of Covid, the festival was held at its same originality….

In 2023 the Festival will start on 20th October and will end on 24th…….Come & enjoy, and see the delights of the people….

2023 Durga Puja Festival Calendar

Name of the DayDayDate
ShasthiFridayOctober 20, 2023
SaptamiSaturdayOctober 21, 2023
AshtamiSundayOctober 22, 2023
NavamiMondayOctober 23, 2023
DashamiTuesdayOctober 24, 2023

Day 1 : 20th Oct. Shasthi

The First day is called Shasti, on this day, Devi Durga is worshipped and adorned with weapons that were gifted to her by different gods to kill for the purpose of killing Mahishasura. The idols of Durga are placed in magnificently decorated public pandals then decorated with flowers, clothes, jewellery, red vermillion, and various kinds of sweets.

Day 2: 21th Oct. Saptami

On Saptami, the festival celebrates a ritual known as Pran Pratistha to invite the divine presence of the goddess into the idols. This ritual involves bathing a small banana plant called Kola Bou in a river, dressing it in a sari, and using it to transport the energy of the goddess. using it to transport the energy of the goddess. using it to transport the energy of the goddess. using it to transport the energy of the goddess.

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Day 3: 22nd Oct. Ashtami

On the day of Ashtami, the festival’s most significant part is the pujas or prayers offered to prepare the goddess for her battle against Mahishasura. The offerings made on this day are as magnificent as the occasion itself, including 108 lotus flowers, 108 earthen oil lamps, fruits, hibiscus flowers, saris, uncooked grains, jewellery, and a crown of 108 bel leaves. This ritual is called Sandhi puja, conducted on the evening of Maha Ashtami. This puja is done in the middle of Ashtami and Navami.

*****Anjali:An important ritual during Durga Puja is the offering of flowers through cupped hands, known as Pushpanjali or Anjali. This is the most popular phase of the Puja where devotees pay homage to Maa Durga. The floral offering takes place on all three days of the Puja – Saptami, Ashtami, and Navami. It is customary to fast before the ceremony. During the ceremony, three rounds of floral offerings occur, and the devotees must chant specific mantras with the priest.

Day 4: 23rd Oct. Nabami

Nabami is an important day of this festival. People offer prayers to the goddess and worship her as Mahishasuramardini, the slayer of the buffalo demon.A ritual called Kumari Puja is performed on this day, where little girls wear jewellery and make-up to resemble the goddess. They also receive offerings in food, clothes, and other gifts. This day forms an important part of the celebration as it sets the stage for the final day of the festival, known as Vijaya Dashami.

Day 5: 24th Vijayadashami

On the last day of the Durga Puja festival, Durga emerged victorious over Mahishasura and restored balance on Earth. She then returned to her husband, and the statues of Durga were carried to the Ganges River to be submerged. Another ritual that takes place on the day of Dashami or Dusshera is the Sindoor Khela, which is a fun-filled event where married women adorn the Devi with vermilion and then smear it on each other.

After reading the article you got some ideas about the festival, but after watching this video you will understand what is Durgapuja & Why it got A world Heritage Title…..

Come to celebrate this festival…..Kolkata is eagerly waiting for you…..The Hotels, Restaurants, “Pandals” & also the people of Kolkata are fully prepared to welcome you on the eve occasion of Durgapuja…..

May this puja Bring you a new life………

Hope you enjoyed the journey very much….Now let’s discuss where to stay in Kolkata………Some of the Best Hotels in Kolkata are…….

ITC Royal Bengal

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For related Enquiry click : https://www.itchotels.com/in/en

Taj Bengal

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For related Enquiry click : https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-bengal-kolkata/

The Oberoi Grand

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Jw Marriott

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https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/ccujw-jw-marriott-hotel-kolkata/overview/

Hyatt Regency


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https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/india/hyatt-regency-kolkata/kolka

The Park

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https://www.theparkhotels.com/kolkata/

The Vedic Village

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