Puja Parikrama| Historical Traditional Durga Puja in Kolkata
Many families in Kolkata command private Durga Pujas in their houses.
Many of them were affluent and stalwarts in past, specially throughout
the Colonial Regime. Though the status isn't affluent because it was in
earlier days (mainly as a result of the Zamindari system was abolished
post independence), however today’s even, these families perform Durga
Puja with a strong dedication maintaining all the rituals properly.
The Pujas are older than 300 yrs even. Everybody of the families
gather to celebrate Durga Puja as an annual get-together.
kolkata Durga Puja 2017 Map
Saborno Chowdhury’s Attchalar Durga Puja
The flavours of a zamindar family puja are often felt even nowadays if one desires to go to the Saborno family throughout the Durga puja in Barisha. It is al so known as first Durga Puja in Kolkata.
The worship of goddess Durga keep under the yard with eight pillars and a roof top and with no walls which called “Attchala Mondop” and also the Durga Puja famous as Saborno Chowdhury’s Attchalar Durga puja in Kolkata. This Durga Puja is additionally extremely popular for its rituals and tradition including wood framed"Chalchitra" that use to keep each year for same usage. This family having total eight Durga Puja’s in their families in different locations. Out of 8 Durga Puja 6 used to happen in Barisha , seventh in Birati Bari and eighth in Nimta.
Lakshmikanta Ray Mazumdar was the famous zamindar in Bengal who was also associated with the powerful mughal general of Mansinha. Before they got the 'Choudhury' title and their 'gotro' was Saborno. Thus Durgapuja held by them was known as 'Barisha Saborno Ray Choudhury Durgotsav. The family of Saborno Chowdhury hailed from Hali of Naihati and later settled in Birati and eventually migrated to Barisha.
Sabarna Roy Choudhury family was the landlord (zamindar) of the Kolkata village, before the arrival of British. On 10th Nov 1698, they transferred, by lease, their rights over the 3 villages – Sutanuti, Kalikata and Gobindapur - to the East India Company with Rs.1300 only. Deal was conducted by Room Chand Mazumdar, Manohar Majumdar with Charles Lyer (Son of law of Job Charnock.
Golden Durga in Mukherjee family
The Puja of the Mukherjees are 239 years older traditional Durga Puja in Kolkata.
Sri Jagatram Mukherjee, a descendent of Sri Harsha Dev, an important courtier of Ballal Sen, earlier lived in Jessore, Bangladesh. They migrated first in Barrakpore in 18th century and later shifted to Behala.
It is said that Sri Jagatram Mukherjee once went to attend Puja at his in-law’s house, the Halder family of Behala, together with his family. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, they got insulted and came back in their own house on Ashtami. His daughter, Jagattarini insisted and demanded to her father to arrange Durga Puja in their house. On Nabami, Durga Puja started in their premises under a small scale in “Debi Ghot” and painting in Canvas- “Pot-Chitra” which also famous as Jagattarini Durga Puja which later on converted with Golden Idol by Sri Jadunath Mukherjee, who was the great grandson of Sri Jagatram Mukherjee in their family. Golden Durga of Mukherjee family is almost similar look to Maa Dhakeswari Idol of Dhaka.
Mullick Bari’r Traditional Durga Puja
The famous Mullick Bari’r traditional Durga Puja started from the time of Husen Shah the Nawab of Bengal nearly around fifteenth century AD at . Suratha at Srikhanda pioneered the puja.
Within the nineteenth century the puja was shifted to the musjid Bari Street of city by Ishwar chandra Mullick. Later the Mullicks shifted to Gupti Para and eventually settled in Bhowanipur. Since 1925 Durgapuja is command at the Bhowanipur residence.
Mullick bari’r Dura Puja is almost 156 years older Durga Puja in Kolkata.
This also a famous Puja because of the actor Ranjit Mullick who is belong to this family. It is now also famous for Ranjit Mullick’s daughter Koyel Mullick who is a famous actress in Bengali movies.
Mullick family is vaisnab and thus day offer all vegetarian iten at the time of Durga Puja. Another uniqueness of this Durga Puja is “Ekchalar Chalchitra”. Puja happen to arrange in Annapurna Dalan and Durga Dalan.
Laha Bari Durga Puja
Laha Bari Durga Puja, is one among the popular Banedi Barir Durga puja Puja in collage street area. it had been started 170 years past by Sri Ishwar Pran Krishna Laha. Spiritually inclined Rajiblochan Laha, was said to possess been visited in his dreams by his family divinity who asked him to perform DurgaPuja in his family. Here Durga is seen within the arms of Lord Shiva and her eyes are closed shut. The explanations behind the idol is that the Goddess Durga given plenty of wealth to the Laha family.
Sovabazar Rajbarir Durga Puja
One of the reputed Durga Puja in north Kolkata is the Sovabazar Rajbarir Durga Puja which held in the year 1757 only after the battle of Plassey done.
Raja Nabakrishna Deb who was a famous personality in ancient Kolkata started this Puja earlier at Choto Rajbari which he given to his adopted child Gopimohan Deb and later he built Boro Rajbari and given to his own son Rajkrishna Deb. Two different Durga Puja use to held in two different houses till today with maintaining all possible rituals even with the release of Nilkantha birds.
Important guests of this Durga Puja were Rabindranath Tagore, Ramkrishna Paramhansa dev, Swami Vivekananda, Lord Clive, Warren Hastings and many others. It was also well-known for glorious dance and musical program performed by the famous dancers and the musicians of ancient Kolkata.
The worship of Goddess Durga keeps in 'Ek Chala'(single wooden frame) with decorated by ornaments made of silver foils which are known as 'Daker Saaj'. It is said that the earlier days, silver foils which were imported from Germany came through “Dak” (by post) thus the decoration use to known as 'Daker Saaj'.
Pathuriaghata Khelat Ghosh er Barir Durga Puja
This Puja is one among the wonderful Banedi barir Durga Puja in north Kolkata that being started by Sri Khelat Chandra Ghosh who was the Diwan of the court of Warren Hestings (British colonial administrator in India). Khelat Chandra Ghosh was famous for his social reforming activity. He was also concerned in cultural, musical and philanthropic activities in Kolkata that time. The trusty of Khelat Chandra Ghosh happens to celebrate Durga Puja at their thakur dalan that made from marbles and also the corridor is incredibly long and encircled by embellished wall. it's a dancing hall too. the whole design take placed by Martin & Burn co. The worship of Devi Durga is confine a single decorated wood frame thatreferred to as “Ek-chala “and decorated by designed materials.
Rani Rashmoni’r Kachari Barir Durga Puja
The Great Bengali lady Rani Rashmoni is known for her social reforming activities during British period in ancient Kolkata. This noble lady is very famous to the world to found and established Dakshineswar Kali temple with the worship of Goddess Kali. Sri ramkrishna Paramhansha Dev was the the prime priest of the temple. There are two different Durga Puja’s celebrates by two different families. The first one started by Rani Rashmoni in her S.N Banerjee road house and after her death her son in law continued this Durga Puja in their S.N Banerjee road’s premises. Another Durga Puja known as ‘Kachari barir Pujo’ which is conducting till today by Hazra families in their Rani Rashmini Road, Janbazar side premises. Great personalities of the Bengal use to visit Rani Rashmonir Puja that time. The worship of goddess Durga is in traditional look here and it is decorated by ‘Solar Saaj’ in a Ek chala.
Other Famous Traditional Puja in Kolkata are
• Singabahini Durga(Asta dhatu) Puja in Baidyanath (De) Mullick family – Jatindra Mohan Avenue.
• Girish Chandra Ghosh er Durga Puja – Maniktala Ghosh lane
Banedi Barir Durga Puja Parikrama 2017
Durga Puja, is the most famous festival in Kolkata which basically started by the rich landlords and Zaminder families of ancient Kolkata. Mercury Tour Operator in Kolkata has introduced a special Traditional Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama from few yrs back and continuing this event every year with glorious celebration.
This year also we have launched our Traditional Durga Puja Parikrama 2017 starting from 27th September, 28th September & 29th September as per the following details.
We are conducting this tour package in Kolkata as ‘Banedi Barir Durga Puja Parikrama 2017’.
Entire tour package will be covered by AC coach with morning breakfast (packed) and buffet lunch in a AC hotel.
Per head Cost: @ Rs. 1800/- (3 yrs above)
Child below 3 yrs (adjusting with parents seat): free
Starting / Pick-up point of Durga Puja Parikrama :
Esplanade (7.30 am) :
Shyam Bazar(8.00 am)
Route plan / Puja Parikrama :
8.30 am (app) : We’ll start our Puja Parikrama package from Sovabazar
Choto Rajbarir Puja followed by Shovabazar Baro Rajbarir Puja.
9.30 am (app) : We’ll go to Pathuriaghata for Khelat Chandra Ghosh
Barir Durga Puja Pratima darshan.
10.30 am (app) : We’ll proceed to Collage street for Laha Barir Durga Puja Pratima darshan.
12.00 pm (app) : Again drive to Bhawanipur to visit Mullick Barir Durga Puja
pratima darshan at .
12.30 pm (app) : Now it is time to take a break for our lunch at AC hotel
2.30 pm (app) : We’ll proceed to Behala Jagatram Mukherjee Bari for Sonar
Durga pratima Darshan.
3.30 pm (app) : We will finish our Puja Parikrama 2016 at the first Puja of
Kolkata, Saborno Ray Chowdhury’r Barir Attchalar Durga Puja followed
by Mejo Barir Durga Puja.
Puja Parikrama will end at Esplanade : 4.00 pm & at Shyambazr : 4.30 pm.