Post Card 2 from Kolkata

The Durga Punja festivities and events are in full swing.  Drumming is a major part of the Punja and many of the larger pandals hire dhakis, or drummers. The dhakis meet at a railway station to welcome visitors. The Bathing of the  Nabapatrika is a very solemn ceremony at the beginning of the more spiritual aspects of the Durga. Here a banana leaf along with parts of eight other significant plants are submerged in the Ganges River and returned t0 the Pandal where the Goddes Durga resides during the event. This is repeated hundreds of times throughout the city. Below are thumbnails of several images depicting these events.

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