Festivals & Occasions Archive

  • Shubh Deepawali The magical sparkle of thousand lamps that shines like tiny star against the dark sky, the colorful and intricately designed rangolis adorning the doorsteps, courtyards and temple entrances, the scent of bright yellow and orange marigold adorning the toran on entranceway,  the joyous moments of family get together, cheerful friendliness with merriment abound, the sound of bursting crackers, the infectious smile and frivolity in every happy faces, new clothes that glitters as much as the sparklers, hand picked […]

    Diwali feast platter – 25 must have top sweets and snacks

    Shubh Deepawali The magical sparkle of thousand lamps that shines like tiny star against the dark sky, the colorful and intricately designed rangolis adorning the doorsteps, courtyards and temple entrances, the scent of bright yellow and orange marigold adorning the toran on entranceway,  the joyous moments of family get together, cheerful friendliness with merriment abound, the sound of bursting crackers, the infectious smile and frivolity in every happy faces, new clothes that glitters as much as the sparklers, hand picked […]

  • 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 […]

  • Aaj Mahashashti For Bengali, the festivity starts right from the Mahalaya, the day announcing the ending of “Pitru Paksha” and beginning of “Devi Paksha“. Mahalaya signifies the arrival of Agomoni or Goddess Durga, who symbolizes the “Adi Shakti“, the eternal power, the primordial cosmic energy. Mahalaya is also the beginning of Akal Bodhan (the untimely worshiping of God) , the awakening of Devi Durga, invoking the Goddess on Earth before time. For Bengalis the the day revolves around oratorical narration […]

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

    Aaj Mahashashti For Bengali, the festivity starts right from the Mahalaya, the day announcing the ending of “Pitru Paksha” and beginning of “Devi Paksha“. Mahalaya signifies the arrival of Agomoni or Goddess Durga, who symbolizes the “Adi Shakti“, the eternal power, the primordial cosmic energy. Mahalaya is also the beginning of Akal Bodhan (the untimely worshiping of God) , the awakening of Devi Durga, invoking the Goddess on Earth before time. For Bengalis the the day revolves around oratorical narration […]

  • Wishing everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving day” Some of the recipes that you might like to try for Thanksgiving are : Apple cinnamon rolls or buns for breakfast or anytime you like Spicy chicken wings with barbecue sauce  any time or for your barbque nights Grilled shrimps with thousand island dressing quick appetizer Three herb roasted Cornish hen with honey and maple glaze  for dinner or lunch, which you can always substitute with whole turkey.   Some vegetarian Thanksgiving menu could […]

    Thanksgiving menu ideas

    Wishing everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving day” Some of the recipes that you might like to try for Thanksgiving are : Apple cinnamon rolls or buns for breakfast or anytime you like Spicy chicken wings with barbecue sauce  any time or for your barbque nights Grilled shrimps with thousand island dressing quick appetizer Three herb roasted Cornish hen with honey and maple glaze  for dinner or lunch, which you can always substitute with whole turkey.   Some vegetarian Thanksgiving menu could […]

  • Update : New Durga Puja venue in southern Bangalore – now people of Kanakpura do not have to travel anywhere to enjoy Durga puja, from this year October 2012  KARBA will be celebrating its first Durga puja and here are the details: KARBA’s durgapuja Named As “Aamader Pujo”  Address: BBMP Playground, Opposite to HM Tambourine Appt. Opposite Jaraganahalli Bus Stop, on Kanakpura Main Road ( 400 mt from sarakki signal towards metro Cash and carry) JP Nagar 6th Phase Bangalore-78 Other Info / USP We […]

    durga puja 2011 – fest and feast

    Update : New Durga Puja venue in southern Bangalore – now people of Kanakpura do not have to travel anywhere to enjoy Durga puja, from this year October 2012  KARBA will be celebrating its first Durga puja and here are the details: KARBA’s durgapuja Named As “Aamader Pujo”  Address: BBMP Playground, Opposite to HM Tambourine Appt. Opposite Jaraganahalli Bus Stop, on Kanakpura Main Road ( 400 mt from sarakki signal towards metro Cash and carry) JP Nagar 6th Phase Bangalore-78 Other Info / USP We […]

  • Saffronstreaks wishes its readers who stops by a very Happy Bengali New Year. We hope you have enjoyed our special edition on Poila Baisakh – a grand luncheon menu which comprises lip smacking savoury Bengali dishes. Stay tuned as in the coming weeks we will bring you up more delicious recipes, few restaurant reviews and weekend getaways ex-Bangalore. till then take care bhalo theko

    shubho naboborsho 2011 – happy bengali new year 2011

    Saffronstreaks wishes its readers who stops by a very Happy Bengali New Year. We hope you have enjoyed our special edition on Poila Baisakh – a grand luncheon menu which comprises lip smacking savoury Bengali dishes. Stay tuned as in the coming weeks we will bring you up more delicious recipes, few restaurant reviews and weekend getaways ex-Bangalore. till then take care bhalo theko

  • Poila baisakh or Bengali new year is around the corner and it means a perfect time to get indulge in rich and sweet savory authentic Bengali gourmet delicacies. Check our exclusive BENGALI CUISINE ARCHIVE  For Bengalis the day usually marked with cleaning and beautifying homes with alpanas,  prabhatpheris ( a kind of procession), Rabindrasangeet, cultural programmes, quick visit to Kali baris, and the great poila baisakh luncheon which occupies the mind for most of the part. For Bengalis poila baisakh […]

    poila baisakh 2011 – an elaborate luncheon menu

    Poila baisakh or Bengali new year is around the corner and it means a perfect time to get indulge in rich and sweet savory authentic Bengali gourmet delicacies. Check our exclusive BENGALI CUISINE ARCHIVE  For Bengalis the day usually marked with cleaning and beautifying homes with alpanas,  prabhatpheris ( a kind of procession), Rabindrasangeet, cultural programmes, quick visit to Kali baris, and the great poila baisakh luncheon which occupies the mind for most of the part. For Bengalis poila baisakh […]

  • SHUBHO   BIJOYA We wishes everyone who stops by a very “Happy Vijayadashami”. We hope you have enjoyed the Durga puja in Bangalore and the images that we have uploaded here. We also hope that you have liked the special series on “Durga puja special recipes” . Today we are concluding the series on “Durga puja special recipes” with 3 types of Bengali sweets. Enjoy the “Dusshera” with lots of sweets. Subho bijoya 2011 with kalakand Dashami te mishti doi, […]

    shubho bijoya

    SHUBHO   BIJOYA We wishes everyone who stops by a very “Happy Vijayadashami”. We hope you have enjoyed the Durga puja in Bangalore and the images that we have uploaded here. We also hope that you have liked the special series on “Durga puja special recipes” . Today we are concluding the series on “Durga puja special recipes” with 3 types of Bengali sweets. Enjoy the “Dusshera” with lots of sweets. Subho bijoya 2011 with kalakand Dashami te mishti doi, […]

  • On Novomi R T Nagar Durga puja which has been moved to its new venue at Patel’s inn has very impressive protima and we voted it the best in Bangalore. Protima is in pouranik style with lots of flowers beautifully decorating and pandal seems to reflect an overall rural Bengal theme. Should not be missed !     One more closeup !       Banaswadi Durga puja by Bengalee Cultural Union at Sitaram kalyana mantapa on Banaswadi main road […]

    durga puja images 2010 bangalore…continue

    On Novomi R T Nagar Durga puja which has been moved to its new venue at Patel’s inn has very impressive protima and we voted it the best in Bangalore. Protima is in pouranik style with lots of flowers beautifully decorating and pandal seems to reflect an overall rural Bengal theme. Should not be missed !     One more closeup !       Banaswadi Durga puja by Bengalee Cultural Union at Sitaram kalyana mantapa on Banaswadi main road […]

  • We have just been to few puja pandals in Bangalore. Here are some of the images I would like to share. On Ashtomi: Bengalee association Durga puja which has been shifted to Gaytri vihar with an added glamour quotient has become a mega event in Bangalore with extensive food court around 35 stalls, exhibits from cottage industries and Karnataka tourism pavilion and expected to host around 10,000 people with bhoger khichuri for all and under privileged too. The parking is […]

    durga puja images 2010 bangalore

    We have just been to few puja pandals in Bangalore. Here are some of the images I would like to share. On Ashtomi: Bengalee association Durga puja which has been shifted to Gaytri vihar with an added glamour quotient has become a mega event in Bangalore with extensive food court around 35 stalls, exhibits from cottage industries and Karnataka tourism pavilion and expected to host around 10,000 people with bhoger khichuri for all and under privileged too. The parking is […]

  • While Julia Roberts was coursing through Italian cuisine and travelled half the world in search of spirituality and love, Durga puja is the time to indulge in eat, pray and spread love, happiness and peace across the world (we really do that specially the last part !). Though Bangalore is not Kolkata, but with ever-increasing bengal(e) in Bengalooru, number of Bengalee restaurants has spruce up in the city in last few years and during festival like Durga puja they all […]

    eat, pray and love – durga puja

    While Julia Roberts was coursing through Italian cuisine and travelled half the world in search of spirituality and love, Durga puja is the time to indulge in eat, pray and spread love, happiness and peace across the world (we really do that specially the last part !). Though Bangalore is not Kolkata, but with ever-increasing bengal(e) in Bengalooru, number of Bengalee restaurants has spruce up in the city in last few years and during festival like Durga puja they all […]

  • Durga puja bangalore 2011 with google map placemarks and links Durga puja is just a week away and here are some of the quick updates of this year Durga puja in Bangalore: Ulsoor Lake Durga Puja organize by Bengalee Association is one of the oldest and the biggest Durga puja in Bangalore changes its venue from RBANMS ground to Gaytri Vihar, Palace grounds near Mekhri circle. Bollywood singer Shaan (on 10th oct), ghazal king Jagjit Singh (on 17th oct), classical […]

    durga puja bangalore 2010

    Durga puja bangalore 2011 with google map placemarks and links Durga puja is just a week away and here are some of the quick updates of this year Durga puja in Bangalore: Ulsoor Lake Durga Puja organize by Bengalee Association is one of the oldest and the biggest Durga puja in Bangalore changes its venue from RBANMS ground to Gaytri Vihar, Palace grounds near Mekhri circle. Bollywood singer Shaan (on 10th oct), ghazal king Jagjit Singh (on 17th oct), classical […]

  • SHUBHO NABOBORSHO We wishes everyone who stops by  a very Happy Bengali New Year. We hope you have enjoyed our special series on “poila baisakh special recipes”.

    shubho naboborsho

    SHUBHO NABOBORSHO We wishes everyone who stops by  a very Happy Bengali New Year. We hope you have enjoyed our special series on “poila baisakh special recipes”.

  • …poila baisakh special… A few days left for poila baisakh, the Bengali new year, and Bengalis slipping slowly in to the festive mood must be pondering over where to eat. Poila Baisakh or the first day of the Baisakh month which usually falls on 14th or 15th April is new year as per the Hindu calendar and not only for Bengalis but also for Tamilians, Assamese, Keralites, Punjabis and many. For Bengalis the day usually marked with cleaning and beautifying […]

    poila baisakh 2010

    …poila baisakh special… A few days left for poila baisakh, the Bengali new year, and Bengalis slipping slowly in to the festive mood must be pondering over where to eat. Poila Baisakh or the first day of the Baisakh month which usually falls on 14th or 15th April is new year as per the Hindu calendar and not only for Bengalis but also for Tamilians, Assamese, Keralites, Punjabis and many. For Bengalis the day usually marked with cleaning and beautifying […]

  • …good Friday and hot cross buns… Good Friday or Holy Friday is being celebrated every year to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ and it is the Friday preceding the Easter Sunday. It is said that once buns marked with symbol of cross were being served on Good Friday and since then these cross buns become tradition of Good Friday or Easter and the cross reminds Christ’s supreme sacrifice. These hot cross buns are made with rich and creamy milk and […]

    good friday

    …good Friday and hot cross buns… Good Friday or Holy Friday is being celebrated every year to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ and it is the Friday preceding the Easter Sunday. It is said that once buns marked with symbol of cross were being served on Good Friday and since then these cross buns become tradition of Good Friday or Easter and the cross reminds Christ’s supreme sacrifice. These hot cross buns are made with rich and creamy milk and […]

  • “Shubho Bijoya” May Ma Durga fills your life with prosperity and happiness. The festival is over and life is slowly retreating back to its normalcy. The word “Durga puja” becomes synonym with Bengali and Kolkata and it becomes the epitome of Bengali culture and heritage. So nothing surprises that it is being celebrated throughout the world where ever Bengali settlements are there. Unlike Kolkata where countdown for puja starts itself from Mahalaya, places like Bangalore silently decked up for this […]

    durga puja bangalore 2009

    “Shubho Bijoya” May Ma Durga fills your life with prosperity and happiness. The festival is over and life is slowly retreating back to its normalcy. The word “Durga puja” becomes synonym with Bengali and Kolkata and it becomes the epitome of Bengali culture and heritage. So nothing surprises that it is being celebrated throughout the world where ever Bengali settlements are there. Unlike Kolkata where countdown for puja starts itself from Mahalaya, places like Bangalore silently decked up for this […]