Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Durga Puja



Durga Puja marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil demon Mahishasura. A triumph of good over evil, thus, it is a festival of worship, joy and merrymaking.
Assam is one of those few states that celebrate Durga Puja with much pomp and show. It is a major and the biggest festival of the year for the Hindus.
Here are some pictures of the idols of Devi Maa and pandals of Durga Puja I visited during the celebration in my city.

Dispur


Dispur

Lakhi Mandir, Beltola
Bhetapara
Kumarpara
Geeta Nagar puja pandal constructed like the Parliament House
Geeta Nagar
Ulubari
Shilpukhuri
Uzan Bazar
Durga puja pandal at Latashil
Latashil
Beltola
Durga puja pandal at Shantipur
Shantipur
Basishtha
Zoo Road/R G Barua Rd

29 comments:

  1. So colorful, so much beauty in India. I can hardly wait to meet you in Delhi, Rupa!!! See you next month.

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    1. Thanks gigihawaii.
      Yes, sure we'll meet soon, looking forward to.....

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  2. Hi Ruprekha
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful and glorious pics of Durga Mata from various different locations. Nice to see your reappearnce in the blogging world after a long absence! Puja Greetings to you and your family. Best Wishes - Ram

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    1. Pleasure is all mine :)
      Yes its been really long. Sorry for not finding the time to keep in touch or posting anything in the blog these days.
      Thank you so much. Durga Puja wishes and a happy Dussehra to you and your family.

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  3. That was good pics on the Durga pooja festivities.
    What makes me wonder is why is it in a country that revere the Goddess as Mother , find much atrocities on women?

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    1. Thank you so much.
      You said it! Very sad indeed.

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  4. Wonderful pictures of Durga Puja and the glorious pandals! Recently read that the societies/groups spend crores of Rupees on these pandals!! Amazing!!

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    1. Thank you Shilpa.
      Yes that's right. As kids we never saw so many societies/groups organizing Durga Puja as they are now. You'll find it difficult to believe, this year in my city (in the city limits) alone there were 504. Competition to make it better, which means more and more expensive has made matters even worse. Imagine, the idol of Dispur (I have uploaded picture here), had worn gold ornaments worth several millions of rupees. Amazing indeed!

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  5. Ruprekha,

    My heartfelt thanks for this virtual visit to all these pandals.

    Take care

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  6. Beautiful pictures!
    The mention of places like Ulubari, and Dispur brought back vague memories of my time spent in Assam years and years ago.
    I feel the the government should not allow these murthies to be sunk in the rivers and the lakes, even Ganesh murthies, they cause so much problems for all of us. Why can't they ban such practice, so that people will have small murthies and keep them in their respective homes.
    Celebrating festivals should mean causing harm to our own nation. What do you think?
    BTW, I missed your blogs and even Kavita is not to be seen these days.
    Happy celebrations!

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  7. These are wonderful Ruprekha. I am just amazed by the scale. Btw, I saw you in one of the episodes of Crime Patrol about two Assamese boys who had fought terrorists. Great to see you there. How is Kavita doing?

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  8. Those are such beautiful pictures mam.. hope you had a great great time.. and enjoyed the festival ...


    Bikram's

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  9. Wow! After seeing these photos I can see why Glenda was looking forward to seeing India. These are magnificent photos. Ruprekha, Glenda said you were kindly remembering me during your meeting. That's so very kind of you. I am very, very touched. Thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you Kay. Hope you too can make a trip to India sometime. But please do include our state as well when you visit.
      Yes, I did remember you. Glenda mentioned in her mail that you will visit her soon. Hope you like my tiny gift of love and friendship.
      Take care.

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  10. Wow, great photos. Hope you had a great time!

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  11. Beautiful photo collection... each expresses the festival

    happy diwali...

    thanks

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  12. Beautiful images of the festival Ruprekha:)

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks for dropping by ....

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  15. I would have been misled in believing that there one more building resembling ouir Parliamant at Geetanagar. After reading the caption I could gather that it is a pandal created for the festival. Nice rep[orting.

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  16. Wow, this looks like an amazing festival! Sending my warmest Durga Puja wishes to all! May Goddess Durga graces you with all her blessings.

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    1. Thank you so much for your warm wishes ...May Maa Durga's blessings are always with us all ....

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