veD OF nvraaTRii:.....DuARgaa puujaa in BENGAL, INDIA GOES WORLD WIDE INTERNET....FOR THOSE AWAY FROM BENGAL...OR AWAY FROM HOME.... Posted by Vishva News Reporter on October 20, 2004
nvraaTRii 2004 GOES IT
BENGALIS EMPOWER YOU
OCTOBER 19 TO 23, 2004
KOLKATA, INDIA, October 18, 2004:
If you are away from home in a foreign land
and missing the Durga Puja festivities, don't lose heart.
Instead, get to a
computer and connect to the Internet to find Goddess Durga with her entire
ensemble waiting for you.
Keeping in mind the millions of lonely and homesick
Bengali hearts, who may be thousands of miles away from home, an IT company in
West Bengal has arranged to webcast the Durga Puja festivities. On the company's
DURGA PUJA, (click on the red hilite name)
one can get to see not only the various community festivities, but also offer
homage to the Deities.
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"There are millions of people across the globe who can't
make it home for Durga Puja, and so miss it. It's our effort to take Goddess
Durga and their home ambience to them," said Tanmoy Goswami of Techno
The website, which Goswami claims is gaining in popularity
with NRIs in North America and Europe, will beam pictures of various community
marquees where clay icons of the Deities are worshipped.
"The idea is to give
our visitors a snapshot of what is happening in West Bengal in Durga Puja,"
The website would also webcast the elaborate rituals involved in
worshipping Goddess Durga and worshipers can offer homage by clicking on the
"One can watch the prayer ritual called pushpanjali (flower offerings) as
it is performed, complete with the chanting of the religious hymns. That way,
one could also offer ones homage and prayers," Goswami said.
festival that celebrates 10-armed Hindu Goddess Durga's slaying of demon king
Mahishasur, marking the victory of good over evil, begins October 19.
Deities are worshipped inside ingeniously and aesthetically decorated temporary
marquees, colloquially called pandals, which are visited by millions of
merrymakers dressed in their best.
The autumn festival, for Bengalis in terms of festivity and revelry, will end October 23
with the immersion of the idols of Durga, her four children - Laxmi,
Saraswati, Ganesh and Kartik - and the demon king.
When the sky turns sun-shot blue after the rains, when roses begin to turn
red from white… that’s when you begin preparing for days of religious festivity
– the Durga Puja. Check it out in some other directions, too…
Durga Puja hinges around Mahalaya day, a week before the actual celebrations
It was on this day that goddess Durga was assigned the task of eliminating
evil, in the shape of the demon Mahisasura.
Did you know that goddess Durga was traditionally worshipped during the
Basanti puja in March?
The present time of the puja is said to have been started by Lord Rama, who
wanted to invoke the blessings of Durga before his war with Ravana. He performed
the Durga Puja despite the time of year not being right. That’s why the puja is
known as Akal Bodhon, or untimely invocation.
Durga loves best the rose which changes colour from white to pink to red
during the single day, and the more common red-stalked white parijat flowers.
There has also been tradition of offering 108 lotuses during daily puja, which
goes on for five days ending with the immersion of Dussehra.
With the onset
( holy fortnight devoted
to female Hindu deities) from thursday morning Tripura is all set
for its greatest religious festival of the year ,
As in the previous years, the people of the state cutting across
ethnic and religious identities continue to put finishing touches to
the preparation for traditional household as well as community pujas
. The state's exotic landscape dotted with an abundance of autumnal
catkin and fragrant white jasmine flowers topped by nightful of dews
have already created the traditional pre-puja ambience with garment
shops bristling with chirping customers . As always, people of
Tripura-spurred by heartening weather forecasts and relative lack of
apprehension over militant violence-will leave aside their mundane
day-to-day worries to make the most of 'Durga Puja' festivities for
four days . Even as people prepare to celebrate the festival
moved around the capital town to take stock of the pre-puja profile
of Agartala in terms of community pujas.
Apart from the clubs organising high-budget spectacular pujas,
altogether 265 community pujas are being organized this year .
Police sources said that the number of community pujas might go up a
little bit . A source of relief for the common people is that so far
no information on banned militants preparing to disrupt festivities
in the hilly interiors has poured in . But the security set-up in
the state is leaving nothing to chance as the capital town will be
divided into twenty zones with one police officer supervising
security measures in each . Altogether ten major drop-gates to check
and monitor vehicles entering the town will be set up and as many as
fifteen mobile vans and six bike-borne police officials will be in
charge of fire-fighting measures . 'We are also posting plainclothes
security man who will disperse in the crowd to monitor things from
close range' said
Mr Nityananda Debnath ,
DSP (central). He
ruled out any major trouble during the puja days and said that
close-circuit cameras will be operational during four days of puja
to keep close vigil on crowd movement and activities. The
weathermen have also predicted fine weather conditions on all four
days of festivities to boost up the morale of the people.