Bengali traditions & culture Archive

  • The autumn festivity that had started with Durga Pujo, concludes with another much awaited Lakshmi pujo or more precisely Kojagari Lakshmi pujo for Bengali, that falls on Kojagari purnima or sharad purnima as known elsewhere in other parts of India. But for Bengali’s, especially those who hails from erstwhile East Bengal (present day Bangladesh) this kojagari Lakshmi pujo was just more than religious observance. This was more about sticking onto one’s cultural heritage and traditions. Through which strive for cultural […]

    Kojagari Lakshmi puja – rituals, believes and the divine Bengali feast platter

    The autumn festivity that had started with Durga Pujo, concludes with another much awaited Lakshmi pujo or more precisely Kojagari Lakshmi pujo for Bengali, that falls on Kojagari purnima or sharad purnima as known elsewhere in other parts of India. But for Bengali’s, especially those who hails from erstwhile East Bengal (present day Bangladesh) this kojagari Lakshmi pujo was just more than religious observance. This was more about sticking onto one’s cultural heritage and traditions. Through which strive for cultural […]

  • Aaj Dashami Shubho Bijoya to all my readers, The city is wrapped in misty gray clouds since morning and with a heavy heart I am writing this post on Dashami, that marks the end of Durga pujo , the five day long ceremonies amidst much fan fare, the sound of dhaks, trumpets, the sound of conch shells, chanting of mantras, shlokas and hymns, the heady scent of incense and perfumed dhoop, the scent of flowers, the exuberance, and when the […]

    Durga puja rituals, believes and mishti mukh (sweet platter) for vijaydashami

    Aaj Dashami Shubho Bijoya to all my readers, The city is wrapped in misty gray clouds since morning and with a heavy heart I am writing this post on Dashami, that marks the end of Durga pujo , the five day long ceremonies amidst much fan fare, the sound of dhaks, trumpets, the sound of conch shells, chanting of mantras, shlokas and hymns, the heady scent of incense and perfumed dhoop, the scent of flowers, the exuberance, and when the […]

  • Aaj MahaNavami Today is the ninth day of Navratri and fourth and final day of Durga pujo. MahaNavami rituals begins with mahasnan and shodashopachar puja like other days. Mahanavami tithi / timings begins right after Sandhi puja on MahaAshtami and continues till the next day. Today goddess Durga is worshiped as Mahishashur-mardini, the annihilator of demon king Mahishashur. The fierce battle that had lasted for undefined period of time has culminated today with the death of Mahishasur. Devi Durga who […]

    Durga pujo rituals, believes and special food menu series – MahaNavami

    Aaj MahaNavami Today is the ninth day of Navratri and fourth and final day of Durga pujo. MahaNavami rituals begins with mahasnan and shodashopachar puja like other days. Mahanavami tithi / timings begins right after Sandhi puja on MahaAshtami and continues till the next day. Today goddess Durga is worshiped as Mahishashur-mardini, the annihilator of demon king Mahishashur. The fierce battle that had lasted for undefined period of time has culminated today with the death of Mahishasur. Devi Durga who […]

  • Aaj MahaAshtami The day starts with mahasnan of Devi Durga on a mirror using various materials. This ritual is soon followed by shodashopacharapuja, an  elaborate worship of the Devi with sixteen items (shodashopacharapuja).  The other deities, attendants and other objects associated with Devi are then worshiped. But what sets apart today (mahaashtami) from the rest of the days, is that today Devi Durga is worshipped as Mahishasur-mardini ,the killer of demon Mahishasur. Today is the day as per the mythology, […]

    Durga pujo rituals, believes and bhoger khichuri – MahaAshtami

    Aaj MahaAshtami The day starts with mahasnan of Devi Durga on a mirror using various materials. This ritual is soon followed by shodashopacharapuja, an  elaborate worship of the Devi with sixteen items (shodashopacharapuja).  The other deities, attendants and other objects associated with Devi are then worshiped. But what sets apart today (mahaashtami) from the rest of the days, is that today Devi Durga is worshipped as Mahishasur-mardini ,the killer of demon Mahishasur. Today is the day as per the mythology, […]

  • Aaj MahaSaptami The day begins at pre-dawn hours and the most significant ritual of Saptami is “kola bou snan”, a visual treat to enjoy. Kola or banana plant is always considered as sacred, auspicious and holy in Hindu rituals, and no puja is performed without the banana stalks, especially in Bengali culture. Kola bau (literally translating, banana lady) is in fact represent Devi Durga and is adorned in yellow and red border garad saree. Early morning the priest with much […]

    Durga puja rituals, believes and food menu special series – MahaSaptami

    Aaj MahaSaptami The day begins at pre-dawn hours and the most significant ritual of Saptami is “kola bou snan”, a visual treat to enjoy. Kola or banana plant is always considered as sacred, auspicious and holy in Hindu rituals, and no puja is performed without the banana stalks, especially in Bengali culture. Kola bau (literally translating, banana lady) is in fact represent Devi Durga and is adorned in yellow and red border garad saree. Early morning the priest with much […]

  • Dudh puli pithe / rice dumplings stuffed with sweetened coconut for Makar Sankranti     As sun transmigrates from one zodiac to another, season changes, life moves on and it is that time of the year again to say thank you to Mother earth for selflessly providing us with abundant harvest, shelter and bountiful of happiness. At the same time we must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but silently living by them, each day of the […]

    Dudh puli pithe / rice dumplings stuffed with sweetened coconut – Sankranti special

    Dudh puli pithe / rice dumplings stuffed with sweetened coconut for Makar Sankranti     As sun transmigrates from one zodiac to another, season changes, life moves on and it is that time of the year again to say thank you to Mother earth for selflessly providing us with abundant harvest, shelter and bountiful of happiness. At the same time we must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but silently living by them, each day of the […]