2013 Durga Puja in Kolkata
Durga Puja is celebrated in month of September/October annually and continues for five days. It’s amongst the most accepted festivals for Bengalis. This festival is devoted to Goddess of power “Maa Durga”, also recognized as Shakti. Durga Puja celebration celebrates victory of Maa Durga over demon, Mahishasura. It’s celebrated all the way through West Bengal with full passion. Numerous rituals are performed in Durga Puja celebration.
Puja starts on day of Sashthi and successive days are celebrated as Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami or Vijaya Dashami respectively. Dashami is festival’s last day on which, idol of Durga Maa is engrossed in the sea or river. Durga Puja celebration witnesses set up of stalls in just about every locality In Kolkata. The whole city becomes live during the time of festival and also wears festive look.
In Kolkata, Durga Puja Pandals are well-known for their distinctive themes, imaginative excellence and great ideas. In Durga Puja 2009, there is strong competition amongst various Puja committees to astonish and draw more visitors through making something completely unexpected. Some pandals are building awareness about flaming social issues while some have chosen to create replicas of famous buildings and monuments.
Puja committees organize Durga Puja as it comes as an occasion to worship Goddess Durga for local public. But at the back of this noble purpose, there is a main financial reason. Durga Puja gives the biggest opportunity to earn money through clubs and puja committees. They earn money through local memberships, through sponsors and through chanda (donations).
Banners and hoardings of different companies are seen near the pandals in even small pujas which aren’t much admired. For new companies, which aren’t very reputed, Durga Puja is a big occasion to acquire some exposure. Since admired pandals are visited by lots of people, the companies display their posters and hoardings to magnetize their eyes and also puja committees take benefit of that. A lot of puja committees permit companies to put their stalls in the region of puja compound and receive money from stall rent.