All about the Kolkata Puja at Navaratri
Every Indian state has its own cultural specialities with varied festivals and equally diverse celebrations. Kolkata, the capital city of the West Bengal state, is known for its Durga Puja festivities and charm. This puja is a grand celebration of the Mother Goddess, displaying the conquest of the sacred Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. Like Navratri in other states, this puja holds immense value to the people here who enjoy it immensely. Falling each year in the months of late September or early October, this puja runs parallel with Navratri and celebrated for the last five days. The city hosts huge pandals of statues of the Goddess where people gather to worship and revere. The Kolkata puja brings people together on a platform from where they realize the true worth of their traditions and cultures. From singing to dancing to enjoying together, the puja scatters various shades of state’s cultures and customs.
The statues are immersed in nearby waterways before being taken on a procession amid immense fanfare and vibrancy. Despite being celebrated on varying dates as per the lunar calendar, there is never lack of intensity any year for Durga puja festivities and charm.
From homes to societies to communities, people install idols and statutes of Goddesses to seek her blessings. During the puja, the city gets filled with joy and colour of festivities. From music to dance, from folk dances to hip songs, everything becomes a part of the Kolkata puja which charms the visitors in a great deal. People of every age, caste and community get mixed in the colourful ambience to further add to the all-round charm.