DURGA PUJA

  • Kolkata: Durga Puja festival comes to an end with immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga October 4, 2014

    Bengal's four-day-long extravaganza, the Durga Puja festival, came to an end on Saturday with immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her progeny as people celebrated Vijaya Dasami. ...
  • Durga Puja festival comes to an end in West Bengal October 4, 2014

    Kolkata: Bengal's four-day-long extravaganza, the Durga Puja festival, came to an end on Saturday with immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her progeny as people celebrated Vijaya Dasami. The immersion of idols in the city at the ghats of the Hooghly was made amidst tight security, police said. The immersion...
  • Bengali women celebrate Sindoor Khela on Dashami October 4, 2014

    As 10-day long Durga Puja draws to an end today, married Bengali women celebrated Sindoor Khela. ...
  • Hindu-Muslim girls unite to organise Durga Puja October 3, 2014

    Kolkata: As a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity, a group of girls from both the religions are organising a Durga Puja inside a shelter home for trafficked women. Rescued earlier this year after being trafficked to Mumbai from West Bengal's Murshidabad, two Muslim girls are not only taking part in the festivities...
  • Delhi revels in the spirit of Durga Puja October 3, 2014

    This year, Ashtami and Navami overlapped and celebrations peaked on Thursday evening. CNN-IBN gets you a glimpse of the evening aarti at the Matri Mandir in Delhi's Safdarjung Enclave. ...
  • Durga Puja with global panorama in Patna October 3, 2014

    Patna: Want to take an inexpensive trip around the world! Just land in Patna and leave the rest to over 1,200 Durga Puja 'pandals' with dazzling decorations put up across the length and breadth of the city. They will fulfill your wishes of visiting the White House just like Prime...
  • Kolkata puja organizers join the chorus for saving ecology October 3, 2014

    Kolkata: Ecology is the dominant theme with the top notch puja organizers this time in the city, which is famed for turning the festival into a veritable art exposition. Organisers of Dumdum Park Sarbojonin, which has won several awards in the past, seeks...
  • Clean India drive launched in Bengal amid Durga Puja revelry October 2, 2014

    Kolkata: President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday flagged-off the Swacch Bharat mission in West Bengal by administering the pledge to students and others while a citizens' movement ensured cleanliness at various Durga Puja committess in Kolkata during the ongoing festive season. Mukherjee launched the mission at Kirnahar Shib Chandra High School in Birbhum...
  • Delhi: Durga puja pandal put up at Matri mandir made from recycled garbage October 2, 2014

    During the festivities of durga puja an eco-friendly pandal put up at Matri mandir in Delhi is a major highlight. The pandal has been made from recycled garbage and thrown away material. Most of the decoration has been picked up from garbage dumps and rag pickers. ...
  • Durga temple in Patna where holy flame is burning for 101 years October 2, 2014

    Patna: In a small Durga temple, tucked in a narrow lane in the heart of Patna, an oil lamp burns unwaveringly and devotees throng to pray near it. After all it is no ordinary flame. It it claimed that it has been burning continuously for the past 101 years and...
  • Dhakis face uncertain future in West Bengal October 2, 2014

    Kolkata: 'Dhakis' are integral to almost all festivities in Bengal but the art of playing the huge barrel-shaped membranophone instrument is dying a slow death. Most of the 'dhakis' or men who play the 'dhak' hail from humble rural backgrounds of Murshidabad, Hooghly, Malda, Bankura, Malda and Purulia districts of...
  • Tripura buzzing with festive fervour this Durga Puja October 2, 2014

    Agartala: With around 2,500 Durga pujas across the state, Tripura is buzzing with festive fervour. What is drawing people to the various pandals are the thematic displays and thought provoking messages put up by the organisers and clubs who are sparing no efforts to put up grand celebrations. The Oikatan...
  • Durga puja on wheels for cancer patients in West Bengal October 2, 2014

    Kolkata: While thousands rush to the pandals to catch a glimpse of goddess durga, there are some who can't make it to the durga puja pandals. It's the biggest carnival for the people of West bengal,but at the Barasat cancer hospital, it's anything but celebration. For the patients fighting for...
  • Durga Puja, not just the time for pandal hopping but also family reunions October 1, 2014

    Durga Puja is not just the time to flaunt new dresses, pandal hopping or eating out, it is also about home coming and grand family reunions. Away from the frenzy of the community pujos of Kolkata, runs a strong, parallel, equally old if not older tradition, of family pujos...
  • From Mangsher Singara to Nimki and Roshogullas: 10 Bengali food items you have to try during Durga Puja October 1, 2014

    Durga Puja kicks off the festive season in style with the most important element of Indian festivals - food! From Shukto to Macher Jhol, a Bengali meal is a delight for a hardcore foodie. It's not just the fish and curries though, the syrupy roshogullas and sandesh ensure your meal...
  • Vidya Balan to shoot 'Humari Adhuri Kahaani' in Kolkata September 30, 2014

    Mumbai: After "Kahaani", actress Vidya Balan will return to the city of joy Kolkata to shoot "Hamari Adhuri Kahaani" in the midst of a Durga Puja pandal. The first shot of the movie will be canned on auspicious day of Ashtami - the eighth day of the nine-day Hindu festival of...
  • Kolkata: Artists from US collaborate with Indian craftsmen to install street art at puja pandal September 29, 2014

    At a time when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the US to strengthen the Indo-US bilateral ties, a Durga Puja Pandal in South Kolkata is trying to do the same. This pandal has become the venue of art collboration between artists from India and the US. ...
  • Kolkata: Artists from India, US collaborate to give finishing touches to pandal ahead of Durga Puja September 29, 2014

    Kolkata: It's that time of the year again when West Bengal is immersed in Durga Puja festivities. At a time when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the US to strengthen the India-US bilateral ties, a Durga Puja Pandal in South Kolkata has become the venue of art collaboration...
  • Kolkata: Durga Puja tourists welcomed with 'Respect Women' messages September 27, 2014

    Kolkata: In a bid to make women travellers feel at ease, tourists landing at the Kolkata airport during the Durga Puja festival are being welcomed with the message of 'Respect Women'. Airline officials, hotels and others in the tourism industry have started distributing thousands of badges bearing the message on the...
  • Kolkata: Nandigram sculptors bury a turbulent past to work devotedly to create Durga idols September 26, 2014

    Kolkata: Durga Pujo is not just about festivities, it can be a great leveler too. A group of sculptors from Nandigram have buried their violent past are now working shoulder to shoulder for the sake of art. Five years ago, Ashok Bera had weapons in his hands. He was out to...
  • Photos: From Facebook to Lego: 15 interesting Durga Puja pandal themes we've seen over the years September 25, 2014

    Any Durga Puja celebration is incomplete without pandal-hopping. A major attraction during the festival, the pandals see a huge gathering of people every year. Art and technology have mingled in this year's Durga Puja festival to present a unique 3D digital image of Goddess Durga at a pandal in Kolkata.The...
  • Unique '3D' Durga Puja in Kolkata pandal September 24, 2014

    Kolkata: Art and technology have mingled in this year's Durga Puja festival to present a unique 3D digital image of Goddess Durga at a pandal in the city. The "unique" image measuring 6x14 feet will be hosted in the Jodhpur Park puja pandal which is known for its innovation. Explaining...
  • Mamata Banerjee sketches eyes of Ma Durga September 24, 2014

    Kolkata: Donning the role of an artisan, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sketched the eyes of Goddess Durga on the auspicious day of Mahayala. Banerjee who had composed the theme of a puja pandal in Bhawanipur in south Kolkata three years back went through ritualistic "Chokkhhudan" (ceremonial painting of...
  • Durga Puja pandals in UP raise issue of crime against women September 23, 2014

    Lucknow: The Durga Puja pandals in Uttar Pradesh this year have chosen themes to raise voice against female foeticide and atrocities against women, issues which have been in focus after a string of such crimes in the state. Bondhu Mahal, a social organisation, has decided "Celebrate Girl Child" as its...
  • Kolkata taxi strike put on hold for festive season September 22, 2014

    Kolkata: In a temporary relief to commuters, taxi unions on Monday decided "put on hold" the ongoing taxi strike that began last week in view of the coming festive season. Called by Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), the strike resulted in hundreds of...
  • Widows to participate in Durga Puja festival in Kolkata September 22, 2014

    Mathura: It would be a homecoming experience for fifty widows from Vrindavan as they will celebrate Durga Puja festival during their weeklong visit to Kolkata, commencing from Thursday. Sulabh International, an NGO, working for the empowerment of the widows, is organising the visit. "The widows, who belong to West Bengal, would not...
  • Kolkata slum children to get 'Santa' gifts this Durga Puja September 22, 2014

    Kolkata: In a unique initiative during the Durga Puja festivities, the 'Have Nots' will be showered with gifts by the privileged to make true the axiom "Joy shared Joy Doubled." Called 'Daan Utsav' (the festival of giving) the week will be Kolkata's contribution to the National Philanthropic Movement where 2,500...
  • Shopping, food, and 'pandalhopping': 14 reasons why every Bengali just cannot wait for the 'Durga Puja' to begin September 16, 2014

    'Dhaak', shopping and food every Bengali in the world is anxiously awaiting the biggest celebration of the year. The Durga Puja is not just a time for prayers and festivities, but also a gastronomic delight as you feast on the traditional Bengali delicacies. The huge idols of goddess Durga...