The Famous Durga Puja Feast – Durgotsava – Dhunuchi Dance – Navratri – The Holy Kitchens Of India

Durga Puja, or the annual celebration
of Hindu goddess Durga, Is one of India’s grandest festivals. It is a multiple-day celebration Varying from 6 days in some parts
of the country to 10 days in others. The goddess, known to Hindus
as the ‘destroyer of evil’, Is characterized by her ten
arms carrying various lethal weapons, As well as her vehicle – The Lion. In this episode of the holy kitchens of India, we are at Bangiya Sanskritik parishad
and Pragati Sangh in Kalyan. Over here, very year Durga puja
is celebrated with much grandeour. more than 1000 devotees visit
this pandal everyday. Food is an intergral part of the festival. every pandal has food stalls but
the food or say Bhog made in the pandals is one
of the major attraction. The day begins with aarti and later on an offering of flower
which is called as ‘Pushpanjali’. is offerred to the Goddess. ‘Pushpanjali’ in sanskrit,
is pushpam which is flower, And anjali, offering with folded hands. a lot of devotees fast during this period. and they break their fast after
offering pushpanjali to the godess. After the Pushpanjali, A prasad which is known to be
the most favourite of the Goddess, Is offered to everyone which
consists of fresh fruits and peda. Dhunuchi Naach, meaning dance
holding hot earthen bowls emanating sweet smelling
camphor and incense smoke. It is a traditional dance where devotees
dance to the beats of dhaks (drums). The earthen bowls are
filled with coconut husks, lots of camphor and incense
sprinkled on them and finally lit. The husks burn slowly spreading
out a sweet smelling smoke, which kind of intoxicates the devotees, And they are soon into a gentle frenzy, And start swaying to the beats of the dhaks. The way they twist their arms
and sway the hot dhunuchi, without spilling the hot embers
out is a sight to treasure. any wrong movement can
mean burning feet and face but with the aarti simultanesously happening, the blessings of the godess acting
as a shield nothing can go wrong. food is prepared in two different kitchens. one kitchen is exclusively to
cook bhog for the goddess. the other kitchen is to prepare
bhog for the devotees. the bhog for the goddess is first offered, followed with an aarti and dhunuchi dance. later on the same bhog which
is offered to the Goddess, is mixed with the bhog for the devotees
with chants of ” Durga maa ki Jai”. And the feast begins. the bhog consists of varitey of dishes but 3 main dishes that are always present are, Khichuri which can be called as a distinct
bengali cousin of the usual Dal Khichdi, Labra which is a mix vegetable curry and Payesh which is a pudding. other than these dishes, every pandal has their own style and
choices when it comes to food. From kids to grown ups everyone
heartily devours the food. After waiting for these 10 days
of the year with utmost excitement and when the day arrives it is one big celebration
of devotion, joy, success and life. on the 10th day which is known as Vijaya Dashami, the idol is immersed. thus ending the festvities and
celebration for the particular year. But, only to return with more grandeour next year. || Durga maa ki Jai ||

12 thoughts on “The Famous Durga Puja Feast – Durgotsava – Dhunuchi Dance – Navratri – The Holy Kitchens Of India

  1. Vijaya dashami/Dussehra ka shubh absar
    apke aur apke parivar ke jivan mein sukh,
    samradhi aur shanti bharde. Jai Hind

  2. দুর্গা পূজার প্রীতি শুভেচ্ছা ভালোবাসা ও আন্তরিক অভনন্দন

  3. It was a very good video to see the culture and food of your country.अपने देश की संस्कृति और भोजन को देखने के लिए यह एक बहुत अच्छा वीडियो था❤❤👍👍👌😘🛎

  4. Bangiya Sanskritik Parishad, Kalyan has been successfully conducting the Sarbojanin Durga Puja over the last 55 years following all traditional norms and at the same time embracing the modern innovations with open arms. The six days starting from Panchami and ending with the immersion on Dashami is an annual festivity that every Bengali in Kalyan awaits for with great eagerness. In fact, it's not just restricted to Bengalis, we welcome members of all other local communities to our Pujo with open arms. May Maa Durga shower her blessings on everyone of us so that we can continue to celebrate her annual visit with the same gaiety and fervour in the coming years.

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