Friday, September 24, 2010

Beyond Five Days of Durga Puja

This event has its roots in traditional Durga Puja celebrations. If you have celebrated Durga Puja and have been part of Sharadiya Durgotsab, then participate and share your experience here.

62767_1618361583533_1371196376_1577700_5180106_n (1) Nostalgia, memories, food and Durga Puja festivities are inseparable. Did you know that the the first grand worship of Goddess Durga is said to have been celebrated in the late 1500s. Some other records say that the zamindars of Dinajpur and Malda initiated the first Durga Puja in Bengal. According to another source, Raja Kangshanarayan of Taherpur or Bhabananda Mazumdar of Nadiya organized the first Sharadiya or Autumn Durga Puja in Bengal in 1606.

But in this day and age, where we are already so wired in, I thought it’d be a good idea to share our stories, memories and recipes which mark Durga Puja.

Through Beyond Five Days of Durga Puja, let’s share, record and create an experience for anyone who has ever been part of Ma Durga’s homecoming. And leave a legacy behind, a footprint of sorts for the still tiny ones who will some day not so far away in time will Google for and stumble onto your story!

1442942982_02bcf017a2_z I am thinking on the lines of waking up one crisp, sunny Autumn morning to the intoxicating fragrance of shiuli phool, or rolling in bed to the mellifluous chants of Mahalaya. Wearing a new dress to the Pujobari, pandal-hopping like there is no tomorrow, and not even complaining about the shoe bite from which your feet are painfully aching now. 

Sitting down only to quench your thirst with a bottle of Thums Up, and not really protesting when your friends “force” the piping hot beguni and alur chop for you to eat.

Holding the hot malsha of bhog and spreading your “hanky” under it, driving back home late in the afternoon. Napping in between celebrations to rejuvenate for the evening aroti and dhunuchi naach. Doing your grooviest “Mithun” steps to the beat of the dhakis.
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hop again the next day. Check out more girls. Immediately try and look them up on Facebook with your smartphone if you hear a name like Chaitali or Barnali called out loud. And if you are one of the more adventurous ones, you even ask her out for an egg roll being made right outside the canopy of that pandal. egg roll shindur Durga Puja for me is a reminder that happiness finds its way home. Every year. That every woman looks stunning on Dashami after a vermillion bath. That if you touch the feet of elders on Bijoya, you get a plateful of mishti, narkel nadu, tok-jhal dalmut and ghugni.

Durga Puja means we are still breathing…

Here is how you can participate in Beyond Five Days of Durga Puja:

  • Have recipes and dishes that symbolize or represent Durga Puja, which you have cooked or eaten or both
  • A story, a memory and a bagful of nostalgia around Durga Puja. You can become the narrator for someone else in your family!
  • Have a home décor idea/ theme for Durga Puja
  • Have photographs taken by you of Durga Puja, and all that fanfare around it. Don’t forget to add captions and little details about each photograph.

Post your entry on your Blog and link to this event. Also don’t forget to leave a comment here so that viewers are led to your post. Also send me an email at with the following details:

  1. Title of your post
  2. URL of your post

There are no constraints on words, and archived posts are also welcome as long as a direct link to Beyond Five Days of Durga Puja appears on your post.

If you don’t have a Blog, you can still participate. Send me a mail at with the following details: mention Beyond Five Days of Durga Puja in the subject line of your email.

  • Title of your story/write up
  • Your write up in MS Word
  • Your name and location (will not be published, if you don’t want to)
  • Preferably watermarked photographs in JPEG format

The last date to receive your entries for Beyond Five Days of Durga Puja is October 10, 2010.

I look forward to celebrating Durga Puja with you.

Till then, in the words of my great grandmother, Dugga Dugga.


Kamini said...

Will get right on it! Great idea...what a fun way to keep culture and tradition alive and well for the future generation!!

notyet100 said...

nice theme ,,will see wht i can send,.

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice event and beautiful pics pree..

Sayantani said...

Pree, aji bikele khub mon kamon korchilo. anekdin bade ekhane akash poriskar chilo. chutte bari chole jete ichche korchilo, sei kasher bon, siuli fuler gandho ar notun jamar excitement...sab mone korie dile.
ami aj bikelei bhabchilam akta post korbo pujo nie...amader nijeder barite pujo hay anek chobi ache. link pathabo tomay.

Silence Sings said...

Dear Pree, First of all let me apologize for my late reply on your query about my camera. I am using Canon DSLR Rebel are conducting a grt event....congrats in advance as I can feel it will be a grand success...I will surely try to participate...Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and pls keep on visiting..

Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...
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Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

Thanks Pree for such a wonderful event..I've posted an article in my blog and sent the link to you..

Best Regards

Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

Hey Pree
Thanks for the appreciation.Actually,I did send you an email.Let me know if you received it !!

Sound Horn Please said...

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Cal during Durga puja and your lovely post just steeled my resolve to time an India trip with the Durga puja festival.

krsnaknows said...

I look forward to the Durga pooja each year, introducing my disciples to Kolkatta and the pandal.It is a very divine and holy place to be in during those days. Will be again there this year along with a load of my disciples.The sights,sounds, food and all that brings joy to my being.

Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

Hey Pree
I posted an article of my pujo memories in my blog, and emailed the details to you !!
Thanks for such an oppurtunity :)

Best Regards

Anonymous said...

Cant wait to read all the posts! Unfortunately I dont have any Bengali friends but I'm sure this will be a treasure trove of experiences :)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Awesome idea and beautiful write up!:)
Kash fuler bon, nodir par, nil akasher sada megher vela, shulir gobdho,sharodiya anondomela-kakababu-sontu, pujo bari, notun saj, jama-juto-golpo-adda,shal patar thalaye khichuri bhog-beguni-mishti chatni,dhaker baddi-bisorjon-bijoya-sindur khela-mukh mishti-ghugni..'ashche bochor abar eso Ma'...sob kichu niye khub siggir hajir hobo tomar blog-e..
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PreeOccupied said...

Sanghamitra, you should take writing and poetry seriously. Your words got a lump in my throat, of all the things I am going to miss this Durga Puja. Nothing like Durga Pujo back home...

the-mommie said...

Pree, this is a wonderful idea and a gr8 event you have running. I'm sure it'll be a spectacular success! I don't know if I have a pujo story for you but I'll definitely give it a shot! :)

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

wonderful event,i think i should try celebrating durga puja with you dear pree...

PreeOccupied said...

Mommie and Dr Lakshmi, I am hoping you will blow our minds off with your out of this world posts. :-)

Patricia Torres said...

Oh Pree!! How did I miss this?? I'll work on this on the weekend.. I have something on my mind.. *smiles*

Anonymous said...

Hi Pree,
I have posted my first hand experience of Durga Puja on my blog and sent you the link.
Thanks for the wonderful event.

sulagna ™ said...

Hi Pree sharidiyo shubecha :)

you got me all nostalgic and making plans for the coming pujo ..would love to share a part of our lives celebrating pujo in Pune.
I am sure i will have something up in few days time, relating to your blog post

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Tomar 'Sarod Utshobe' chotto ekti lekha rekhlam...pore dekho..jodi tomar bhalo lage..


Satrupa said...

Dear Pree,

I came out from my lazy shell and wrote a short write up on my childhood Puja celebration. Also is a post of Khichudi ( Methi Khicudi). I hope you will like it.

Let's keep our Puja Spirits up :)

Cheers n Happy Cooking,

Wit,wok and wisdom said...

Dear Pree,
Have wrestled out time to post a short write-up for your lovely event.I know I am late but its still before the deadline:)
Tomake mail korechhi with the link...have a lovely Pujo!

Anonymous said...

Sent you the beet chops recipe for the ongoing event.

Kamini said...

Pree...have a fabulous holiday and festival season....! My post if finally up on my

NewKidOnTheBlog said...


As promised, here is a link to my post.


GB said...

Pree, this one's for you! thanks for thinking of me!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

What a lovely post and a brilliant idea!

purplehomes said...

finally I join!!

Gouri Guha said...

Pree, I've posted my little write up on my blog. Late, but at last have done it!

Maitras' Life Quest said...

Pree, I send u the content via mail as I could not find how to offer link here. However, my Durga Puja childhood recollection is here in this link
Though its 11th morning in India it is still 10th Oct USA time line for your schedule deadline:)
Thanks for such nice initiative.
Prabasider aphuronto blessings and luv.

Geeta Mahesh said...
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Geeta Mahesh said...

I posted mine at

I can't wait to read the rest of the contributions you received.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Sorry mine is a few days late! Still the durga puja spirit remains!

Aneela Z said...

Apologies, was guided to your post long after the deadline had passed. Even if I cant " dance at your revolution" courtesy my tardiness, Ive linked you at

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Looking forward to such an event to join this year too.

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