SINDOOR KHELA…PLAYING WITH SINDOOR(VERMILLION)

Life is slowly returning to normalcy for all the Bengali’s including me. Durga Pujo keeps us all busy, occupied and immersed in a deep sense of enjoyment and festivity tied with love, faith, religion and traditions.

Durga Pujo is celebrated by Bengalis however not restricted to them and mostly celebrated in East and Northen India. West Bengal state has a different and larger scale and the entire state goes on a festive mood, where an annual leave is also provided. Most of the Bengalis would not mind taking up a weeks leave during the Pujo season as they would like to spend time with family and celebrate the occasion. It is how it is passed on from generation to generation.

Durga Pujo is different from Navratra and not to be linked to it. Navratri is usually marked by keeping fasting for Maa Durga for 9 days whereas in Durga Puja Bengalis celebrate and would rather eat the most in all these days. It is entirely a different concpet however one can only understand if linked to it. Key is to respect the faith and sentiments for all.

Durga Pujo – It is believed that Maa Durga comes to her maternal home along with her kids from her husband Shiva’s abode. It is related to the defeat and destruction of form changing buffallo demon Mahissasur who can take different forms and Godess Durga emerges victorious over him when all other God’s cant manage to defeat him. Idols of Goddess Durga and her sons (Gamesha, Kartikaye) and daughters Maa Lakshmi and Maa Saraswati are brought and put up in pandals(tents) and the rituals are celebrated for 5 days till Dashami. The festival starts from awakening of the Goddess to her departure back home.

Dashami marks the farewell which starts with Darpan Visarjan – to see Maa Durga in the mirror which is the actual Visarjan(immersion of idol in mirror before doing in the water body). Thereby married women put Sindoor or vemillion on the forehead and feet of Maa Durga and offer her sweets. Married women play with Sindoor with other married women and apply it on their face and Sakha Pola(a bangle worn by married bengali women as a symbol of happy and long marital life). Mostly the women wear traditional Bengali sarees and once done they dance in groups with the Dhak, a traditional drum.

Do you know why Bengali women play with Sindoor? 

Sindoor signifies married life is worn by married Hindu women across India. On Dashami Sindoor is applied by married women on Maa Durga’s forehead and feet. After offering Sindoor to Maa Durga the women start smearing it on all other married women around and play with it to signify that Maa’s blessgins remaing with them and they have a long and happy marital life.

After the Sindoor Khela play, the idol of all the goddess are taken out in a procession and the devotees would take them dancing to the tune of Dhak and rejoicing to a near by water body where the idols are immersed.

It is a mixed feeling as it is filled with lots of fun, and as Maa departs it also brings tears to the eyes this is why people chant that Next year Maa will come again and we will celebrate bigger.

Lots of words,  now let the photographs explain it in an easier way, Hope you will enjoy them as much as I did clicking them.

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Inline to be online with Maa

Offering sweets and Sindoor to Maa Durga

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Playing with Sindoor with other married womans

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Picking up a pinch of Sindoor.. Ek chutki Sindoor
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Applying it on the bangles which is considered sacred for long and happy marital life

 

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All decked up in Red
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A Woman offers sweet to another woman as part of the celebraions
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Blowing the conch, Shank to announce the departure – Visarjan
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Blowing the conch
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Girls in traditional attire dance in groups
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Taking flowers from the feet of Maa Durga
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The procession…
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Dont forget India is a hot country and we need to stay hydrated
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All tears as Maa is being taken away in trucks for Visarjan… immersion

Asche Bochar Abar Hobe …. Next year we will repeat the magic and celebrations again.

Have a good day and stay blessed and May Maa protect you from all odds.

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JOY WHEN WAIT IS OVER… AFTER A LONG WAITING

The squirrel waits desperately looking for his friend and see how it blushes when finally they come close, always beautiful and captivating to be in the nature and capture these moments to make your story. I wish waiting for everyone comes to an end at this same note.

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Where do you go – leaving me lonely

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Cant see you at sight

 

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Wish you were here
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Here I come – Climbing and leaping all hurdles to be with you. 
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Reunion times are the best – nothing else is required. Just see their expressions and the love.

Hope you all liked it, thanks for your time and have a good day ahead.

CEE’S WHICH WAY PHOTO CHALLENGE – JUL 14, 2017

Here is my entry for Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge. It has been quite some time since I have participated in the challenge which is one of my favorite.

These are some pictures which I captured in the evening, hope you all will like it

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A Biker rushes through the dust.
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In B & W
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The busy road gets deserted
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Tried to give it a classic era effect….
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Workers towards their way home after the hard day;s work

 

Share your pictures too and if you love to photograph and take part in challenges head towards Cee’s blog and the daily post.

EVERY FRIDAY THIS CHALLENGE IS ROLLED OUT BY CEE NEUNER AND YOU CAN SHARE YOUR RENDITION OF A WAY – ROADS, PATHS, TRAILS…..

Love you all and stay blessed 🙂  Hari Om.

CEE’S WHICH WAY PHOTO CHALLENGE – JANUARY 25, 2017

Love to travel or always keen to hit the road to explore, this week’s pictures will help you relate to and will motivate you to go out for a drive, the weather is pleasant and it has been raining all day. If you have a similar weather go out for a ride break and enjoy. I am just back after a ride and captured some lovely pics of flowers too on  the way back.

This is the expressway from Delhi to Agra(Taj Expressway as it leads to Taj Mahal) and is a beautiful drive.

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Racing against everyone

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Can you see the road in this pic, a parthced muddy one with a biker, took after taking a stop by the side in the expressway, is there a trail of dust in the air left by the biker?

Share your pictures too and if you love to photograph and take part in challenges head towards Cee’s blog and the daily post.

EVERY WEDNESDAY THIS CHALLENGE IS ROLLED OUT BY CEE NEUNER AND YOU CAN SHARE YOUR RENDITION OF A WAY – ROADS, PATHS, TRAILS…..

Love you all and stay blessed 🙂  Hari Om.

Get Lost & Loose Your Inner Self – CEE’S WHICH WAY PHOTO CHALLENGE – NOVEMBER 9, 2016

THIS IS MY ENTRY FOR CWWPC Nov 9, EVERY WEDNESDAY THIS CHALLENGE IS ROLLED OUT BY CEE NEUNER AND YOU CAN SHARE YOUR RENDITION OF A WAY – ROADS, PATHS, TRAILS…..

This week my entry if the roads which lead to the hills where you would love to Get Lost and loose your inner self to the surroundings. I took this on a trip to a nearby hills a few months back and thought it would make up for a good candidate.

When you hear life say Get Lost, understand that it is reminding you that you have done enough on your daily bit and done quite well, It just wants you to take a break and get lost in a place you love and loose yourself to the surroundings. So what a re you waiting for, if you have also not taken a break since long, this is the time, NOW. Go and enjoy some time amidst the woods, hills, rivers, at local market with friends and for some time leave everything behind esp. the smartphone which you are addicted too. At least I leave mine behind and it would then in a real sense be the best break.

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I hope you would have enjoyed the post and Gyan(knwoledge). Will come back with some stuff tomorrow – stay tuned and stay good.

Love you all 🙂

FLOWER OF THE DAY – NOV 9 2016

Enjoy the lovely flower bud of the day and may you enjoy company of people as it enjoys the company of another bud and the leaves around. The mantra is to have a serene environment around you and to be happy and consent with what you have. It does not mean to throw your dream and ambitions – just rationalise and channel them out to achieve them and work on the plan.

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Loads of love and a BIG HUG 🙂

FLOWER OF THE DAY – NOV 7 2016

Enjoy the calm, serene and peaceful white flower for the day. It is here to make your day and the week ahead a very special one and to spread peace and happiness.

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Have a wonderful day and week ahead and all the best to the US fellows before the D day tomorrow and wish the best candidate wins.

Lot’s of love and a BIG kiss 🙂