Balaram Dey Street Dutta Barir Durga Pujo, Kolkata
We would like to introduce ourselves as Ghosh Family residing at ” Dutta Bari” at 159, Balaram De Street Kolkata – 700006. ( Land Mark : Girish Park Metro Station). Our Forefather 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 chalchitra 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 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.