Durga Puja

Kolkata:  The revelry surrounding West Bengal’s Durga Puja festival is not new, but a humble community puja named ‘Footpather Durga Pujo‘ in north Kolkata, organised by children living on the pavements — is grabbing attention despite the absence of pomp and glitter associated with the city’s high-budgeted community puja pandals. The fact that these children have …

Kolkata: West Bengal on Thursday plunged into religious fervour with simultaneous Diwali and Kali Puja celebrations. A light spell of rain failed to dampen the spirits as devotees geared up for double celebrations this year, with Diwali and Kali Puja falling on the same day. Durga Puja hangover had barely subsided when preparations for the “twin …

Kolkata: The Durga Puja spirit picked up on Wednesday which marked Maha Saptami,  day two of the Puja, as attired in their best people visited puja marquees to pray to the Goddess and participate in the festivities across West Bengal. The day started off with morning prayers, as the rituals commenced with ‘Pran Pratistha’ where the …

Patna: In a shining example of communal harmony and brotherhood, a group of Muslims have been managing the Durga Puja committee of a temple in Bihar and helping the Hindus to celebrate the festival with a difference. Muslims in Bihar’s Begusarai district joined hands with the Hindus to celebrate the Durga Puja festival at a temple. …

Kolkata: In a big step, Trinamool Congress on Monday suspended its founding member and Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy for six years. Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee told media persons here of the party’s decision hours after Roy announced that he would quit the party after Durga Puja. “We have heard the news of Mukul Roy. …

Kolkata: Breaking the monotony of hospital food, the patients at state-run medical establishments in West Bengal will get to sample special menu during Durga Puja. “For the last five years, we have been serving a different menu during the festive season. This year also we have a menu from ‘saptami’ to ‘dashami’ (September 26 to 30),” …

Kolkata: From traditional local delicacies like fresh river prawns cooked in coconut cream and hilsa in pineapple gravy to international dishes such as Caribbean chicken steak or fish in hoisin sauce, city eateries are gearing up to woo revellers during Bengal’s biggest carnival, the Durga Puja. The metropolis’ fine dining hubs have spiced up their menus …

Kolkata:  For over 200 years, the Nandi family in West Bengal’s Hooghly has been feeding Muslim fakirs during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. To the Nandis, this annual ritual has its roots in a family legend that is testimony to the generosity of the local Muslim community. It is also one of the myriad instances …