Dussehra festival: Eat, pray and celebrate

From 'Ramleela', to 'Bonedi Barir Pujos', to the a... more

Workers pull an idol of Goddess Durga from a workshop to load it onto a truck towards a ‘pandal’, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata on Wednesday. Durga Puja marks the victory of the goddess over the demon Mahishasura. The goddess fought with evil for 10 days and nine nights. The first nine days are celebrated as Navratri culminating on the 10th day as Dussehra. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
1/8Workers pull an idol of Goddess Durga from a workshop to load it onto a truck towards a ‘pandal’, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata on Wednesday. Durga Puja marks the victory of the goddess over the demon Mahishasura. The goddess fought with evil for 10 days and nine nights. The first nine days are celebrated as Navratri culminating on the 10th day as Dussehra. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
‘Bonedi Barir Pujos’ in Kolkata still retains intimate connotations underneath contemporary trappings and irrational excesses. A striking aspect of the ‘Bonedi Barir Pujo’ is the bhog (edibles) offered to the Goddess. (Above) Durga Puja at the Chhoto Rajar bari, an offshoot of the Shovabazaar Rajbari, which started in 1791. Subhendu Ghosh/Hindustan Times
2/8‘Bonedi Barir Pujos’ in Kolkata still retains intimate connotations underneath contemporary trappings and irrational excesses. A striking aspect of the ‘Bonedi Barir Pujo’ is the bhog (edibles) offered to the Goddess. (Above) Durga Puja at the Chhoto Rajar bari, an offshoot of the Shovabazaar Rajbari, which started in 1791. Subhendu Ghosh/Hindustan Times
An artisan paints an effigy of Ravana in Nagpur on Wednesday. The effigies of the 10-headed demon god, will be burned during the festival, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. PTI
3/8An artisan paints an effigy of Ravana in Nagpur on Wednesday. The effigies of the 10-headed demon god, will be burned during the festival, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. PTI
Artisans busy at work in preparation for the upcoming Dussehra festival in New Delhi. Altaf Qadri/AP
4/8Artisans busy at work in preparation for the upcoming Dussehra festival in New Delhi. Altaf Qadri/AP
Clay idols of Goddess Durga at a workshed in Chennai. Arun Sankar/AFP
5/8Clay idols of Goddess Durga at a workshed in Chennai. Arun Sankar/AFP
The Kullu Dussehra Mela which was started during the reign of raja Jagat Singh (1637-72), has another attraction: the custom of ‘bali’ (animal sacrifice)— made all the more significant because it is the first year of celebrations after the Himachal Pradesh high court banned the practice. Aqil Khan/Hindustan Times
6/8The Kullu Dussehra Mela which was started during the reign of raja Jagat Singh (1637-72), has another attraction: the custom of ‘bali’ (animal sacrifice)— made all the more significant because it is the first year of celebrations after the Himachal Pradesh high court banned the practice. Aqil Khan/Hindustan Times
An actor enacts the role of Lord Rama in a ‘Ramleela’ as part of the 10-day festival in Allahabad on Monday. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP
7/8An actor enacts the role of Lord Rama in a ‘Ramleela’ as part of the 10-day festival in Allahabad on Monday. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP
Devotees watch a religious procession known as ‘Karan Ghoda’ during a celebration to mark the Dussehra festival in the old city of Allahabad. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP
8/8Devotees watch a religious procession known as ‘Karan Ghoda’ during a celebration to mark the Dussehra festival in the old city of Allahabad. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP
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