What Is Durga Puja Festival?
As Per Wikipedia, Durga Puja, also called Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival in the Indian subcontinent that reveres the goddess Durga. Durga Puja is believed to be the greatest festival of the Bengali People.
But In reality Durga Puja is the biggest and most widely celebrated festival of West Bengal. They are held over a five-day period. The entire city is decked up with festive lights everywhere, loudspeakers play popular songs as well as recitation of mantras by priests, thousands of beautiful pandals are erected by communities in cities, towns and villages across the state, but particularly in Kolkata. The roads become overcrowded with hundreds of thousands of revellers, devotees and pandal-hoppers visiting the pandals on Puja days. Shops, eateries, restaurants stay open all night; fairs are set up and cultural programmes are held. Durga Puja has turned into a social carnival, biggest public spectacle and major art event, comparable with biggest festivals like Rio Carnival or similar.
New clothes are the traditional gift, and people wear them to go out together to visit countless Puja pandals. Some people go to the places of tourist attractions during the Puja holidays, while others return home from their workplaces to spend the festive days with their family members.
On the day of Vijayadashami, the idols are carried out in grand immersion processions across Bengal and then the idols are ritually immersed into the rivers or waterbodies amid singing, water-throwing and fireworks. The immersion ceremony continues till a couple of days after. Thousands Of Locals, Tourists from other states, Foreigners gather on the banks of River Hoogly to witness the spectacle.
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The Heritage Durga Puja Tour
1. Sovabazar Raja Radha Kanta Dev Estate
2. Maharaja Naba Krishna Dev Puja Bari
3. Chatu Babu Latu Babu Puja Bari
4. Nilmani Mitra Puja Bari
5. Rani Roshmoni Barir Puja
6. Thantania Dutta Bari
7. Bhawanipur Mullick Bari
8. Bowbazar P.C Chandra Bari
9. Sabarna Roy Choudhury Puja Barisha.
And few Popular pandols on the way
Lunch Venue :Authentic Bengali Menu At Renowned Restaurant.
Duration of Pick up from various nodal points : 7:30 am to 9 am
Tour Starts At : 9 am, Lunch By 2 pm
Duration of drop time : 4:30 to 7:00 pm
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Costs: Heritage Durga Puja Tour Rs 2400/- per person.
Inclusions: AC Transportation, Packed Break Fast, Lunch At Restaurant, Mineral Water 2 Bottles, Tea.
Launch Cruise For Immersion: Rs 700 per person.
Inclusions: Evening Snacks & Beverages.
Dates Of Tour
Only 17 Seats Per Day available for Bookings.
Tours Will be conducted on Specific dates.
There will be Launch Cruise Of 30 Person Capacity On Hoogly To See Immersion.
All Bookings will end by 15th September 2020.
Mahalaya- Is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before the Durga Puja, and heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. It's an invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth. This is done through the chanting of mantras and singing devotional songs.
Mahashashthi- On this day the Divine Mother arrives to the mortal world from her heavenly abode this is the eve of the Puja, accompanied by her children. Unveiling the face of the idol is the main ritual on this day. Kalaparambho, the ritual performed before the commencement of the puja precedes Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas.
Mahasaptami- Saptami is the first day of Durga puja. Kola Bow( Nabapatrika) is given a pre-dawn bath. This is an ancient ritual of worshiping nine types of plants. They are together worshiped as a symbol of the goddess. The main Saptami Puja follows Kalparambho and Mahasnan.
Mahaastami- Day two begins with a recital of Sanskrit hymns, as thousands of devotees offered anjali to the goddess. As the day wore on, it was time for the important Sandhi Puja, which marks the inter-linking of the Maha Ashtami and Maha Navami.
Mahanavami- On day three this is the concluding day of Durga Puja. The main Navami puja begins after the end of Sandhi Puja.
Dashami & Vijaya- The last day after the three days of Puja, in Dashami , a tearful farewell is offered to the Goddess. And a grand send-off is arranged. The images are carried in processions around the locality and finally is immersed in a nearby river.