Kolkata: Putting an end to the year long wait for the annual Durga Puja festival, Maha Panchami ushers in an immense feeling of joy and warmth to the heart of people especially the Bengalis on Sunday.
Although rituals allow the unveiling of Goddess Durga on Maha Shashti, festive frenzy Bengalis now-a-days begin their celebrations form the very day of Maha Panchami.
Several marquees across Kolkata brings in the idols of Goddess Durga and along with her four children (Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh) on this day, who make their annual trip to maternal house on earth.
The day marks the beginning of the festivity as Bengalis prepare themselves in every possible way to worship the Goddess of Power- Durga.
The Kolkata pandals this year took out of the stand themes to grab maximum eyeballs, from Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Bachao’ to green durga and world’s largest durga idol new and exquisite themes can be seem in various pandals.
People dressed in colourful new clothes start their ‘pandalhopping’ from the eve of Maha Panchami, to witness various Durga idols and innovative marquees.
It is finally the time for all the Bengalis to begin their mood of festivity from today and continue the same feeling of joy in the coming five days.
The festive mood begins to spill to the brim as Maha Panchami is coupled with Sunday. The all clear weather of Kolkata is also a factor bringing pandal hoppers a great joy.
The city dwellers have started pandal hopping since ;Tritiya’ with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee inaugurating famous pujas on chaturthi. The yearlong strife of daily life has been put on the back burner these days with the smile on Maa Durga’s face.
Let people burry their sorrow in the sounds of Dhak.