Durga Puja starting in a few days, with Mahalaya on the 28th, just three days away…Sharing these traditional sari clad photos along with relevant excerpts from Across Borders, again… .
Wishing you all a very happy Durga Puja: ‘Shubho Mahalaya’ – with an excerpt from my novel ‘Across Borders’.
Chapter 3 – ‘The Home That Adopted Me’ (Page 71-74)
Every year during the Durga Puja, Ronjit uncle gave all
women of the extended-family a sari each. I wore mine with
a flourish, for the anjali or collective offering of flower and
prayers conducted by the priest on each of the five days.
With my ardour for dancing, I started the dhunuchi dance, in
offering to the deity. Taking the earthen pot with burning
incense by the handle, I brandished it gracefully. I danced
with agility in front of the goddess Durga and her four children
– Kartik, Ganesh, Lakshmi and Saraswati, to the beats of
the dhak, the traditional drums. My dance recital was well
appreciated by all and even today it is customary for the
students of the school…
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