Sovabazar Rajbari

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.

In the North Kolkata “Bonedi Pujo” is very famous and when it comes to Bonedi Pujo then the first name that comes to our mind is Shovabajar Rajbari. Raja Nabakrishna Deb initiated the Durga Pujo first in the Rajbari or the King Palace in Shovabajar. The pujo takes place in the “Thakur Dalan” which is a huge place and all the family members are associated with the puja. Previously it was a single puja that took place but, now the puja has been separated in two parts. Now there are two Durga Pujas that take place here and they are termed as “Boro Barir Pujo” and “Choto Barir Pujo”. The specialty about this pujo is “Ek chala thakur” that is decorated with different silver ornaments that is called “Daker saaj”. They use all the original gold ornaments for the Goddess Durga. Gold is the only metal that they use for ornaments. People from different places come to this place just to have a glance of this rich ceremony that is organized by the Rajbari.