Kolkata, Oct 3: The year-long wait for the annual festival of the Bengali community – Durga Puja - was finally put to rest this morning, which marks the day of Maha Panchami. In fact, this year the festivity started from yesterday, which was Maha Chaturthi.
Although rituals allow the unveiling of Goddess Durga on Maha Shashti tomorrow, festive frenzy Bengalis now-a-days begin their celebrations from the very day of Maha Panchami. Several marquees across Kolkata brings in the idols of Goddess Durga and along with her four children ( Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh) on this day, who make their annual trip to maternal house on earth. It is finally the time for all the Bengalis to begin their mood of festivity from Friday and continue the same feeling of joy in the coming five days.
Several marquees are inaugurated by eminent personalities on this day.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted people on the occasion of Maha Panchami. “Greetings to all on the occasion of Maha Panchami,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking site.
The chief minister already inaugurated several community Durga Pujas during last week. She started with Hatibagan Sarbajanin, followed by Chaltabagan Lohapatty and Hindustan Club, the last one being in south Kolkata.
Religion is personal but festivals are universal – this is the underlying theme of the song written by Mamata Banerjee’s theme for Suruchi Sangha Club on the occasion of Durga Pujo. This is the fifth consecutive year that she has penned the Durga Pujo theme song.
The song was released on September 28, on the occasion of the auspicious day of Mahalaya. The song is part of an album of songs, sung by Shreya Ghoshal and composed by Jeet Ganguli. A video was also published, featuring Parambrata and Nusrat Jahan, and directed by Sujit Mukherji.
Durga Pujo festival goes beyond the barriers of religion, caste or age, and is one which brings unfettered happiness in every household.
The festival brings people together in a great celebration – this is the underlying message of the lyrics. Meanwhile, people dressed in colourful new clothes start their ‘pandal hopping’ from the eve of Maha Panchami, to witness various Durga idols and innovative marquees.
As the day develops, the mood is set for the week-long festivity, which continue till Maha Dashami. The city traffic police were caught off-guard despite knowing early on that pandal hoppers would flood the streets from last evening (Chaturthi) itself. (UNI)