Then I went to another 'para' or locality of the village - Chakraborty Para. I have seen the lighted pandal from far. Then I went to the premises. It is a permanent 'bedi' for goddess Durga. The roof decorated with brilliant lightings. The image is nice as the previous years. The 'Dol mancha' i.e. the place of Radha-Krishna brightly decorated.
Spending some time, I went to the village of of my father-in-law. Name of the village - Bandipur. The village situated in Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is a very old village and Durga Puja's organise here since the British Raj. I spent the day here with the family of my wife. My sister-in-law came at noon with her husband. That means, a kind of get together! Then, at evening, I visited some of puja's there. At first, I visit puja of Hattola. The image of this puja is really beautiful! These pics are from there.
Today 'Mahastami' - second day of the rituals. So I first went to our community puja. The first picture is the puja pandal. Behind the pandal, yellow colour building is the high school of our village. Devotees pay homage to the goddess by "puspanjali" just after the puja. Here, in the second picture you can see my neighbours pays "puspanjali" this morning. Clay image of the goddess can also be viewed in this and subsequent photos.
'Mahisasur' is being killed by the goddess. Mythologically, he was the demon and captured the heaven - the residence of gods and goddesses. Then the power emerges and converted to an woman called Debi Durga. A great battle occurred in which the demon (green colour) was killed by the weapon of the goddess. The demon usually had an image of buffalo which is lying on the foot of the goddess.
Goddess Durga comes with her other son - Ganesh. He has the head of elephant. His wife is banana tree usually wrapped with either a banana leaf or a green cloth which is standing on the right hand side of the god.
The 'ghat' of the rituals is decorated with garlands and cloth. It is called "bhadra mandal". The priest performing the rituals for the "bhadra mandal". It is a part of Durga Puja of Belur Math. The performance made on this morning.