The beats of Dhaks are getting subdued into heavy down pour in Navami Ratri evening , Puja Pandal hoppers are looking dejected and are returning home , children are looking at sky , waiting for rain to stop . Today is the last day of Durga Puja 2013; now at 9PM, I am suppose to go for a pandal hoping with my family. But I prefer to stay at home because of incessant rains and so I plan to share my Durga Puja experience.
From my writing desk, I can see some pandal hoppers are still there on roads, enjoying their last Durag Puja darshan despite all bad weather.
This year Puja has started with a warning of Phailin cyclone. So we planned early to cover major puja pandals by Saptami . We started our Dugra Puja 2013 darshan in Maha Sasthi Puja (10TH OCT , 2013 ) . We visited major puja pandals in Kolkata such as College square, Mahamad Ali Park , Lebutotola . We covered 4 major puja on Sasthi .
Phailin cyclone was reported to reach Orissa on 12th October ( Maha Astami ) and there might be some weather effects in Bengal , so we went out for the second day Durga puja tour in New Barrackore ( New Barrackpore is located 17 Km from City Kolkata and very close to Barasat , this is fomous for Durga Puja ) . There are over 51 registered pujas including 6 big pujas . We covered 10 Puja pandals on Saptami . We enjoyed the whole day on Maha Saptami 2013 .
On the Maha Ashtami , as per forecast from weather department , sky became cloudy , there were some occasional showers in day time . We have seen 5 pujas. Then rain again started around 8:30 PM. So we forced to return home.
Today Navami , this post Phailin cyclone phase at Orissa ,but effect is there on Gangetic Bengal . It’s raining whole day. Even rain has taken its momentum in the evening. So we are trapped at home and deserted plan for Navami puja darshan . Now it’s a 9:30 PM , loud speakers from the nearby pandals are still playing in melancholic tones as if this is an unexpected ending of Durga Puja 2013 .Food stalls owners are looking mopish , his son also looking at unsold foods at stalls , It’s not a good puja for them . Rain God could be kindhearted to those who expected a good earning during pujas as they in fact waits for month for these 3 days . We are also wiating for these 3 days when we plan to enjoy on foods , clothes and other entertainments . I hope , Durga Puja 2014 will bring cheers for all next year , so that we can spend on foods and clothes and small vendors can sell those and earn for their family . Hope Maa Durga will listen our prayer !
Durga puja 2014 dates :
Mahalaya 23rd September 2014 Thursday
Panchmi 29th September 2014 Sunday
Shashthi 30 th September 2014 Monday
Saptami 01st October 2014 Tuesday
Mahaa-Ashtami 02 nd October 2014 Wednesday
Mahaa-Nabami 03nd October 2014 Thursday
Dashami – Vijya 03rd October 2014 Friday