Celebrations of Durga Pujo in Gujarat

Durga Puja in Gujarat

Durga puja is a festival of traditions and joy. The puja is dedicated to deity Durga who is the goddess of divine power against all evils. It is the combination of celebration of culture, customs and joy. It is one of the biggest festivals in West Bengal. Here, in Gujarat, Navratri is performed. There are various ways in which Maa Durga is worshipped. The main thing that vary are the rituals and customs and that is due to the difference in culture of Indian states. The beauty of festivals not only lies on the arrival of goodness but also the   paraphernalia that has got attached to the festival over decades. Something or other keeps on happening hence all the times.

I am a Gujarati girl married to a bengali guy. So today I am here to take you all to a tour of Puja, how it happens here!! How people of Gujarat celebrate Durga puja…!!

    

The festival is celebrated in a large scale and the cities here in Gujarat are dotted with so many beautiful pandals. Here, the Puja begins from Maha Shasthi day. Then after the main puja is performed for three days.i.e. Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami and Maha Navami. The whole area of Pujo pandals are just glittered up with colourful lights, music and there is so much of happiness all around. People here comes from many different castes to enjoy the celebration. They just lined up before the pandals to have a look of the idol which is crafted and carved so skill fully.

The most auspicious day of Durga Puja is the day of Ashtami. Almost everyone, every Bengali is looking forward to make flower offering to the goddess in the morning of the eight day of Puja. For Gujarat, its also those non-bengalis, they are also waiting eagerly for their turn to offer flowers to Maa, a purely not to be missed experience. Here in Gujarat, Durga puja is mainly celebrated in big community halls, glittering lights and diverse crowd. The puja provides an excellent opportunity to teach children about their culture. Specially for the parent like me, as I am from a Gujarati gamily and my in-laws stays far away. So being married to a bengali guy and helping my children learn those bengali rituals and traditions, this is the best time.

Morning

During morning time, devotees offers Pushpanjali, recites mantras and offer flowers to Maa Durga.

Afternoon

 

   

Not only Khichuri, but Whole durga pujo bhog is so vibrant and delicious. Durga pujo bhog has also other veggie items along with khichuri. In few places, they have dishes to serve on while at others, thats sal leaf plates. Everyone is waiting in queue in heat to get their turn to relish the bhog. Thats the Bengalis love and craziness for Bhoger Khichuri. Its accompanied by Begun bhaja, Rasogulla / Kala jam , Tomator chatni and Sabzi.

Evening

There are a number of cultural programmes lined up which includes dance, drama, quiz etc. Here, the Durga puja is not just about the bengalis. We also have people from other communities entering the pandals and enjoying everything, whether its food, pujo or watching out cultural programmes. It really attracts people from far off places. Its also the time of Sandhya Aarti and all the devotees are just geared up to pay homage to Maa. At each pandal, a priest is appointed,  who waves numerous diyas and lightnings before the goddess while the other devotees also perform Dhunuchi Naach to the best of beats of Dhaak.

Shopping

There are lots of shopping items sold at stalls near the pandals.Every single person visiting the pandals wants to have a look to the stalls which has clothes and other accessories, alta, sindoor, shakhapola , sweets etc. They buy this food items from stalls  for themselves and for gifting purpose too.

 

Foodie

In Gujarat, people are really damn crazy about food. Specially when it comes to spicy and delivious food items. Food is their weakness. We do have food stalls all around the pujo pandals which generally works in evening only. So during puja days, almost every kitchen is locked and people have their dinner from these stalls watching cultural programmes. All things made so traditional and have very authentic taste,  that people loves relishing on those food items.

Sindoor Khela

On the last day of Durga puja, all the married women indulges in a sindoor (Vermillion) khela (playing with sindoor) They smear on the pretty face of Maa Durga first and then besmearing on each others face as well, which is also known as the sacred powder as a mark of goodwill, luck and auspiciousness. Since sindoor is like an ornament for married woman, this ritual signifies them wishing each other happy married life.

 

Immersion time

The festival ends at Vijaya Dashami day. It is said that Goddess Durga leaves for her return to Mount Kailash. With heavy heart bengalis immerse the idol of goddess int he river or pond. Its really an emotional day for few of them to say good bye to goddess. Few signs emotional good bye songs too. When the idol is immersed in the water, the clay dissolves, and she is believed to return to Mount Kailash.

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Where did all the years go ?

#SiblingStories is a blogging train hosted by Ila Varma in collaboration with the Brand Ang Tatva. Thirty esteemed bloggers from blogging fraternity have joined hands to participate in the Blog train for #SiblingTalk reviving the sweet and tickling hours spent with loving siblings and revive golden memories of the past.

As we all know 10th April is celebrated as National Siblings Day. I count myself very lucky to grow up with my siblings. Each time when you need help or share, they are always besides you. There are lots of things happening everyday when you have siblings at your home.

I have 3 younger brothers. Our day starts with our mom shouting at my brothers for harassing me, fighting with me, pulling my hairs, breaking my favourite dolls and giving tears to my eyes. But still i m very sure that my siblings will not leave me for any reason. Our relationships grow more stronger with such kind of fights. They are my best friends. They are the perfect ones with whom I love to share my happiness and sorrows of life.

Many a times, we do have a difference in our opinions. Sometimes we argue, other times we feel bad. But finally our bond will never disappear. The best gift my parents ever gave me were my brothers. they are my only enemies, i cant live without. Like branches on a tree we grow in different directions yet our roots remains the same.

Only 1 sister or 3 younger brothers, I feel that sometimes its being a way better feeling than being a princess.

Few Memories

I remember those childhood days when we sit together to watch TV. That time we were 3, and the 4th is yet to deliver. Our TV time was always very funny. Younger one is always in loss, as he is the youngest!! Lolz!! Let me share one of those fights… We 2, me and my younger brother takes more time to watch our cartoons.but when the third ones turn comes, we end up his cartoon time so early saying that you are already watching it for 1 long hour. As he was small, he was not able to check the clock, the lil hand of the table alarm clock gets turned so fast ( by us). When we share these moments with him now, he always use to say that god will never will forgive you for those naughty things you did and applied only to me. and we just cant stop laughing.

 

 

Jokes apart, but frankly speaking these fights are always more entertaining than the TV can ever be. We use to always fight for the last piece of bread. No matter how much we already ate, whoever eat slow or fast, but the last bite is always tastiest. Specially when your siblings wants it too! Those lil fights have make every meal so valueable and memorable. When we start playing chess, carrom, video games or any damn game, they never ended peacefully. After effects are even more horror and dangerous. As one of us have lose the game.

I still remember our fights for the first turn to the washroom in the morning. Hiding food, opening the chips packet secretly, taking the pieces of cheese and chocolates and eating them when the other is sleeping. So you can never enjoy alone, when you have the company of siblings.

I know, all of you have also gone through the same phase of rivalry. I always have them around me and “Rakshabandhan” is the special time to remember and recall those olden golden memories and have fun. Those days really are not going to come back. Be it pillow fights, playing pranks, surprises, decorating houses on events and any other occasions.; things would not be so memorable, if you don’t have siblings with you!!

I know, If I carry my childhood with me, I will never become older….!!!

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Festive Moments – Aala Re aala, Ganpati Aala

 

 

Baby Mishika attends Ganpati puja with us. She is always excited and eagerly waiting to welcome Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a 10 days festival which is celebrated by Hindus . It is marked as birth of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. Before hindus perform any Puja or start anything new, Lord Ganesha s the first god to be worshipped. He is the only god who removes obstacles and worshipping him will remove all the hurdles and blesses the devotees. The special days when we generally worship Ganesha are Mondays, Chaturthi and Sankat Chaturthi. After Puja we offer lots of prasad among all and take blessings of Lord Ganesha and elders.

 

Here is one of the favourite and healthy Laddoos recipe which i always prepare for Ganpati Puja prasad and its liked by kids too…

RECIPE

Nutty Laddoos

Ingredients   

  • 1 pack Dates (250 gms)
  • 250 gms Cashew
  • 250 gms Almonds
  • 100 gms Pistachios (Optional)
  • Vark/Varak (as needed)

Method / Preparation

  1. Switch on the gas.
  2. Take a pan and heat it.
  3. Add 1 tsp ghee and add dates (Chopped/Unchopped) and roast dates for about 5 min or until soft.
  4. In another pan add almonds, Roast it.
  5. Same way roast cashew and pistachios too.
  6. Take a mixer grinder and grind all dry fruits in a chopped and powdered form.
  7. Now, transfer the chopped dry fruits in a bowl.
  8. Add roasted dates to mixer grinder and grind it, until it sticks all together as a dough.
  9. Take out the date dough and add it to the dry fruit bowl.
  10. Mix all ingredients with hands.
  11. No need to add sugar as dates are already sweet.
  12. Make small balls / laddoos from the mixture.
  13. Roll out all laddoos and keep it in  a plate.
  14. Stick Vark/Varak on all the balls.
  15. Dry fruit Laddoos are ready specially for Ganesha.
  16. Serve with pure heart and get blessings from Lord Ganesh.

 

May Lord Ganesha gives you,
A Rainbow for every storm;
A smile for every tear;
A promise for every care;
And an answer to every prayer…!!!

 

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Freedom from word “TOMORROW”

We are using so many words in our daily life. Few words we just take for granted and use them the maximum times during our chats with friends, family, relatives etc. Few of those words are Hi, Hello, Lolz, Sure, Ok, Done, I, Me, Myself, Take care, etc.

The one word which we usually keep on speaking is “TOMORROW”. Tomorrow means the day after the present day. It also means “future” or the near future.

Knowingly or unknowingly we use the word Tomorrow to postpone our task, may b out of our laziness, time scarcity or any simple reason. Majorly it is observed that the task which you dont do today and think that you will finish it tomorrow is never get done. It gets postponed and postponed. The better is to think about the imporatance of the task and finish it on time/today itself. The real truth is that you just done know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is just mess up with so many things and as we all know nothing is guaranteed. so, we should live life as if we were to die tomorrow. The only thing we can think of tomorrow is to hope for tomorrow. So, I really want to get freedom from this word “TOMORROW” and do it right away. I want to live today. I want to live in this moment. I know if I work good today, my tomorrow would be obviously best. I dont know what each day has in bucket for me. Any minute can be a goodbye. but I do have this minute, this moment, this time, Today, Right now. I have really just one day and that is today and I want to be happy in it only.

I have read somewhere that “Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.” We also know that the future starts today, not tomorrow. We should all know the true value of time, enjoy and manage every moment of life. No idleness, no laziness, nothing should stop you to achieve your goals.

Today is your own, Tomorrow may never come.

Try to complete your work today itself. Never leave that particular task pending till tomorrow which you can do today. The best preparation for tomorrow is to do todays work superbly well.

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