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  Traditional Durga Puja in Bengali households (within Calcutta )    

Chatu Babu Latu Babu Durga Puja
At his Beadon street residence, Ishwar Ram Dulal Deb (Sarkar) from the year 1770 started organising Durga Puja. This puja was later on popularly known as Chatu Babu Latu Babu. Since 1780 his family members actively participated in

 
 

organising the Puja.

 

The Durga Puja rituals of the Deb family-
The 10 day Puja that begins with pratipad till Sasthi, the sixth day, puja is performed on the 'Ghot' without the idol. On Saptami after the 'Kola Bow' ritual, idol worship begins. The wooden framework of the Goddess Durga's idol is worshipped on 'Rath Yatra' which is then used for the main frame of the idol during Durga Puja. Along with the wooden frame, the 'Chalchitra',the intricately designed background is equally important. The top of the chalchitra is divided into 3 parts (Motchauri). This 'chalchitra' has a lotus on which both Jaya and Bijaya, Durga's 'sakhi' (companions) can be seen. Behind them one can also see Shiva, Ram and Hanuman. The lion has the head of a horse and along with the whole image is the chopped head of the buffalo and the Asura.

Animal Sacrifice
Animal sacrifice stopped within two years of Durga Puja celebration while vegetables and fruits such as chalkumro, sugarcane are ritualistically as well as symbolically sacrificed known as Ripu boli continues till date. The ritual of animal sacrifice was stopped by Ishwar Ram Dulal Deb himself after an incident which moved his heart. It was on the Ashtami day when the goat was brought for sacrifice, frightened it ran to Ram Dulal to seek shelter at his feet. Moved by its plight Ram Dulal at once stopped the ritual.

The Nilkontho Ritual

The Deb family has the ritual of 'Nilkontho'. 'Nilkontho' is a bird as dark as a Kuck-koo or sometimes grey in color. It's neck is golden or chocolate in colour. Its feathers are blue and its back is blue too.
Just before the immersion of the Goddess on Dashami, two 'Nilkontho' birds are set free. It is said that one of them goes to Kailash to inform the arrival of Goddess Durga while the other bird comes home to inform the members of the family about the safe departure of the Goddess.

 
   
 

 SABORNO DURGA PUJA || SEAL DURGA PUJA || LAHA BARI CHATUBABU LATUBABU || MUKHERJEE DURGA PUJA  
PATHURIYAGHATA DURGA PUJA
|| MITRA BARI    
SOVA BAZAR RAJ BARI || HATKHOLA DUTTA BARI
BISHU MUKHUJEE BARI
|| MULLICK BARI
MUKHERJEE PARIVAR (Dum Dum)

 

 

 
 
 

Traditional Durga pujas in Bengali households
( inside Calcutta )

 
Traditional Durga puja of OUTSIDE CALCUTTA  
   
   
 
 
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