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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Crowd Of Devotees On Poila Boishakh At Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Yesterday, on the auspicious day of Poila Boishakh - the first day of
Bengali New Year 1422, devotees rushed to Dakshineswar Kali Temple to
offer pujas to goddess Kali. It is the pic of crowd gathered there in
queue, peacefully.

Pic source: Newspaper
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Charak Puja 2015 In Rural Bengal

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Bengali New Year 1422

Today is Poila Boishakh - the 1st day of new Bengali calendar year
1422, when the devotees and traders went to Kali temple of
Dakshineswar and Kalighat early in the morning to worship goddess Kali
and lord Ganesha for the inception of new account of the new year to
run their businesses smoothly. In the evening, the head of the
households would go to the jewellery shops to clear their dues
accompanied by childrens. The shop owner will welcome them with orange
squash or lemon juice, along with sweets and snacks. The new printed
Bengali calendar is the other main gift from the trader to the
consumer, a matter of great curiosity for the whole family especially
for the children, they eagerly wait to see who is the god/goddess
printed on the calendar this year. Various cultural programmes are
organised on this occasion by local clubs. Muhurat of new Bengali
cinema and jatra was the traditional events of this day. 'Adda' was
the additional attraction of Bengalee on Poila Boishakh. It is still a
major part of TV channels for this day. As a whole, Poila Boishakh of
new Bengali year is not only an auspicious day, it is the day to
regain the old but valuable heritage and tradition of Bengal.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Familiar Scene Of Summer On The Road

On the advent of summer, the familiar cart of making sugarcane juice
is appearing on the streets of city.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Ghetu Puja

Ghetu Puja is being observed today on Ghetu Sankranti in rural Bengal.
It is a traditional festival of rural areas. In the morning and
evening, kids come to every household with lantern, incense sticks and
Ghetu flowers to sing the songs of Ghetu. They collect small amount of
money from the household. It is the ritual of certain classes of rural

Ghetu flowers are always bloom in the spring time mainly on the
roadside and waste lands. It is a white flower with sweet scent and
pink on the centre arranged in branched clusters. Hill Glory Bowed is
the common name of this flower. It's botanical name is Clerodendrum
Infortunatum. It belongs to the plant family Verbenaceae. This is
native to our region. We all know it by the names Ghetu, Ghontakorno,
Bhat and Bhaita.

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