Bonedi Barir Pujo in Kolkata

BALARAM DEY STREET — DUTTA BARIR DURGA PUJO

Shri Shyamal Dhon Dutta ( Solicitor High Court) who hails from Hath Khola Dutta Bari inaugarated this puja in the year 1882 and till date the 6th descendent of the family is carrying the tradition forward.
About The Pratima:

The pratima is made on the Katahamo which is divided into three parts. The kathamo pujo is done on the day of Ulto rath.The chalchitra is divided into three parts. On the upper right side of the  is the painted image of Radha Krishna while at the bottom is the image of Chandi of ‘Nishumbha’ war. On the upper left side of the chalchitra is the picture of Ram and Sita while at its bottom is Chandi in her ‘Shumbho’ form. At the top middle of the chalchitra is the image of Kali and at the bottom is the painted image of 10 avtars of Vishnu. On the curved frame work of the ‘Chalchitra’ are 2 parrots. Towards the idol of Lakshmi on the chachitra is the image of Shiva on an ox while towards the idol of Saraswati is Ram and Hanuman. Durga’s appurtenance, the Lion has a horse face. The entire dress of the pratima is made of clay. The weapons of the partima is of pure silver which is changed on dashami.

The Puja:

The Chandipath starts on the holy day of Mahalaya and continues for seven days with 7 brahmins doing the regular rituals.
On the mahashasti the goddess is welcomed home with bodhon at the dusk. On mahasaptami the puja starts with the kala bou snan at the ganga. On maha asthami  we have the ritual of dhuno porano where the married ladieds of the family hold the burning malshas in their hand. At the time of Sandhi Puja the 108 maha pradeep is lightened by all the family members.
The sadhaba pujo and the Kumari Puja is held on all the three days ( Saptami Asthami and nabami).

The Maha bhog of the Pujo consists of Radhaballabi, Ledikeni, Dorbesh, Narkel Naru, Doi, Khasta Kachuri and luchi.

On Dashami we have the Daridra Narayan seva where Kichuri bhog is distributed.
At the time of dusk the immersion of the pratima is done with speciality is that the Pratima is taken to the ganga on the shoulders where the family members joins with the coolie at this is considered to be a holy ritual. The chachitra is being attached to three bamboos which is a tradition to the family. We have the ‘Nilkontho’ ritual. where one of the birds are set free on the day of immersion while the other one is let out after the immersion. Due to government restriction now only a clay form of nilkonto immersed along with the idol.

Sovabazar Rajbari DURGA PUJO

A Traditional pujo of North Kolkata started by Raja Nabakrishna Deb, the heritage still remains the same here, durga idol is built in the nat mandir, rituals are celebrated in glory as Uma goddess durga belongs to home.
Raja Nabakrishna Deb (1737–97) founder of the Shovabazar Rajbari, During his lifetime Raja Nabakrishna Deb built two houses. The building at 33 Raja Nabakrishna Street,  was the one first constructed by him, subsequently given over by him to his adopted son Gopimohan. The house at 36 Raja Nabakrishna Street was built by him when a son was born to him later in life and was left to his natural son Rajkrishna and his descendants. Both the houses celebrate Durga Puja with Glory.

Darjipara Mitra Bari

The palatial building of Mitras came into existence during the times of Durgacharan Mitra who had several business including being court jeweller of Nawab Siraj -ud -Daulah. His Nephew Nilmani Mitra continued the legacy. Later the family’s condition declined. but Nilmani Mitra’s grandson Radhakrishna bought back fortune in the family. It was Radhakrishna who started Durga Puja in 1807. This used to be one of the three top Bonedi Pujas of Kolkata along with Jorasnako Dawn Bari and Sova bazar Rajbari.

Chatu Babu Latu Babu Bari

This puja saw the dawn in 1770 when Ram Dulal Dey started Devi puja at their Beadon street residence. After him the puja lineage was carried on by his sons and it fondly came to be known as ‘Chatu Babu and Latu Babu’ puja.

Khelat Ghosh Bari Durga Puja
Its a grand view of the Babu Khelat Ghosh house at Pathuria Ghata….The marble architecture is unique and its over 170 years old traditional puja.

NARASIMHA DAWN FAMILY’S PUJO
Narasingh Chandra Dawn celebrates Durga Puja from 1859 which was inaugurated by late Late Nandalal Dawn.

Shiv Krishna Dawn FAMILY’S PUJO
It is said that Goddess Durga comes to wear her Jeweleries at the Jorasanko Dawn House. The Gold ornaments are unique in style in large quantity to decorate the Chalchitra along with Ornaments of diamonds and emeralds were brought from Europe. This puja is in Shiv Krishna Dawn Lane in North Kolkata.

Thanthania Dutta Bari
Dutta Bari Thanthania is over 200 years old. Durga is seen on the lap of Shiva with no arms, no Vahana and without any Asur Demon. This is known as “Hara Gouri” or “Shib Durga” Idol.

Chorbagan Seal Bari
Khetramoni Devi, started Durga Puja in the Seal family, 158 years ago. Seal family is follower of Vaishnavism and are strictly vegetarian.