Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Rupena Samstitha
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Shakti Rupena Samstitha
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Buddhi Rupena Samstitha
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Lakshmi Rupena Samstitha
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah
Those who are familiar with the mantra understand what we are hinting at, and those who do not, well… it’s time for the biggest festival of the Year – Durga Puja and Navratra.
Since we are based out of misthi land of Kolkata, we are a little biased towards Durga Puja.
How many of you were awake at 4 in the morning yesterday to listen/watch the Mahalaya relay on radios and TV? Most of us were. With the commencement of Mahalaya, we have reached the onset of Durga Puja. In about 5 days, the entire city of Kolkata will be in a trance which, no matter how much you try, is unexplainable. Larger than life idols of Maa Durga, iconic Pandals, and air filled with fragrance of flowers and mouthwatering food, colorful crowds covering the streets!!! Who needs La Tomatino hen you can have Durga Puja.
As much as we love talking about fashion, Durga Puja is way more than flaunting the season’s latest trends, and gorgeous jewelries. Let’s talk about all the things that comes to mind (or flash in front of your eyes) associated with this grand festival.
Nothing resonate the sound of Durga Puja than these men (at times women) who carry these huge drums (dhaak) and get the party started right away. Starting Shashti, the sixth day, when Maa Durga reveals her face to us ( on the fifth day in some places), until the day Maa bids farewell to us, promising to come back again next year with twice as many surprises and celebrations as the current year. The beats played by Dhaakis all across several Pandals (at times even states) remain the same. Some could even be an improvised version of what’s been played for over years. But one thing’s for sure, you can’t resist from tapping your feet to the floor or nodding your head to the beats of the drums. Like they say, let’s roll the drums and get the party starting!
Since we set the stage with our energetic and exceptional Dhaakis, its time to not just tap your leg and nod your head, but bring on the party and celebration mode totally. And, how about add a twist? Dhunuchi dance is another common tradition seen during Durga Puja worldwide. Dhunuchi is nothing but a type of flared- shape incense burner which is a little larger than most and has an extended stem used for holding it. It’s mostly made of earthenware. Just like an incense stick is used during prayers, Dhunuchi is used during Durga Puja. The burner is filled with burning coal, dried coconut fiber, and camphor sprinkled over the fiber. Apart from being used for the Puja, it is quite common to see Dhunuchi Nritya or Dhunuchi Dance, where participants – male and female, perform with the dhunichis – at times more than just one! Though we agree it’s not everybody’s task to literally play with fire, but it’s a true delight to watch.
No celebration- Indian or International can ever be complete without food. And, Bengalis are mostly known for their food… And Durga Puja, of course… Mughlai rolls, Fish curry, Prawn made with coconut garnishing, traditional Khichdi (mix of rice and lentils) and Mix vegetables (also known as Laabra), sweets, and even the snacks… Slurpp! Slurrp! Our mouths are watering just think of the. So is yours (come on don’t lie).
If you are familiar with this term, we hereby announce you as a true Bengali! But for those of you who don’t, Adda means nothing but endless chit chatting about anything and everything under the sky. Now you know why we know so much? We hereby crown you as the next True Bengali (since now you know what Adda means.
Sindur as in Vermillion is an important part of Indian culture. It represents marital bliss. A woman who is married adorns vermillion on her forehead until her husband is alive. On the last day of Durga Puja, i.e. Maha Dashami or Dussehra, as Maa Durga apparently leaves earth to go back to the unknown universe, with a promise to return every year, all married woman gather around Maa Durga and pray to her for their marital life to be happy and prosperous. After the prayer ceremony, they put Sindur on each other’s face and forehead (almost like Holi) which is also a part of the Durga Puja ceremony and denotes celebration of married life and wishing good luck to one another. It’s a magical site to see beautiful Bengali women draped in white and red sarees with bold eyes filled with kohl and skin glowing more because of the red color of the vermillion… Ah! Where in the world can you find a sight like this!
And… And… Of course the Clothes (we couldn’t stay away from it any longer)
Have you seen the amazing collection we have been flaunting on our social media sites? You haven’t? No! This means you are missing out on our autumn sale too. Stop reading this and quickly type in www.sareez.com on that search bar of your computer, and avail the discounts before it’s too late. If you want to take a look at some of our exclusive picks for this festive season, take a look at our Pinterest board. We will keep updating the board and the sites. But, if you like something grab it now before someone else does.
Team Sareez wishes you all a grand Durga Puja and may you have a gala time shopping from our online store and later flaunting them to all your neighborhood!