Some Photos from 2012 Navaratri and Durga Puja

by Sharell शारेल on October 26, 2012

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Unfortunately, due to another really busy month of work, I was sadly unable to get to as many Durga Puja pandals in Mumbai as planned this year. In fact, I only visited my local one in Hiranandani Gardens, hosted by the Powai Bengali Welfare Association.

This year, their theme was “Gram Bangla” (rural Bengal). The idol of Goddess Durga was housed inside a 60 foot high hut, which took around 45 artisans over two months to construct. Its walls were painted with traditional patchitra art, depicting nine manifestations of Durga.

60 foot high hut built by 45 artisans.

Idol of Goddess Durga.

The pundit performing his duties.

Last Sunday, during Navaratri, I attended a very insightful and inspiring one day photography course by Neville Bulsara in south Mumbai. I stopped by my inlaws home for dinner afterwards. Many of the married women of the area were gathered together in a nearby lane for the Haldi Kumkum ceremony. This is quite a social function for women in Maharastra, whereby the offerings of haldi and kumkum (turmeric and vermilion) are placed on their foreheads as a gesture of longevity for their husbands.

Women attending Haldi Kumkum ceremony.

Joyful faces.

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ASG October 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hi Sharrel,

Shubho Bijoya or happy Vijaya Dashami/Dusshera to u and family. On the tenth day of Navaratri, as the idol of Goddess Durga is carried for Visarjan, Bengali women play with vermillon and apply it on the idol as well as each other. In the evening, people return from immersion wish each other “Shobho Bijoya” and touch the feet of their elders. Thus, ends the festivities of Durga Pooja. I think you are aware because of your Kolkata stay.


Darcey October 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Glad you at least had an exciting one – one way or another. I went to the Dussehra procession here (Mussoorie), and it was… one band cart, four ‘floats’ and Hanuman. About 15-20 minutes, all told. ;)


Soumya November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Hi Sharell,
My mother sent me the link to your website, and I admit that I’ve gone through it offhandedly but gotten more and more hooked. I read your post about the “Chal” business at your in laws and it had me in splits, if only because I could just picture my (Belgian) husband in the same situation, first announcing that we are leaving, then starting to fidget, then to shout, and then finally ending up slamming the door and running off to sit in the car while he would wait for half of us Desis to get ready, all in our own time, to go wherever.
Keep up the really nice blog!


Sharell शारेल November 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Oh, my father would be sitting in the car impatiently! He does that even if my mum and I are 5 mins later than his appointed departure time. It’s another reason why he wouldn’t cope with visiting India! ;-)


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