I know it is a little late but for Probashi Bangalis the time is extended till Diwali ... right?
So technically, I'm not too late.
May the good always prevail in your lives.
And may the good help you with courage.
Celebrating after almost 2 years, back in my city, among familiar people and smells and places, I was really at peace.
Nothing can compare to the warm exuberance the people of Pune celebrate Durga puja with.
This time B was hell bent on making up for the two years of lack lustre Puja that I had to deal with.
So we had started off the celebrations on the day of Panchami itself.
Not to mention the drives every evening before that to see if the pandals are done and the idols have arrived.
The first two evenings, Panchami and Shasti, we spent at Congress Bhavan, one of the oldest Puja pandals in Pune.
Went for Pushpanjali and Aarti to Rohi Villa at Koregaon park for Shaptami, Ashtami and Navami.
That is my favourite puja pandal.
Evenings were divided between various other places.
But it was Rohi villa for the Dhunuchi naach and aarti, every evening.
Not to forget the gorging on delicacies like fish chops, rolls, biryani and luchi kosha mangsho.
Singaras and veg chops and mishti doi and rosogollas for B.
This year the musical program on Nabami night was wonderful and a perfect round off for our perfect Pujo.
While Congress bhavan has the maximum number of food stalls with a huge variety of foods, it was only Radhika that ruled in both flavour and hygiene.
The line on the left is for all and the line on the right is for senior citizens only.
Extremely well managed and a wonderful menu that changed everyday, this puja is indeed perfect in every way.
While this year Nabami and Dashami had fallen on one day, the puja organisers everywhere had decidedto keep the deities for one more day, thus allowing us full celebration of five whole days.
The sun came out later to spread a golden hue all over.
The Visharjan was done amidst dhaak and dancing and dhuno.
And lots of Sindur on everybody after the Debi boron.
We will wait eagerly for you.
Hope all of you had a wonderful Durga Puja!
Please do share your experience with me. I'd love to hear your stories too.
I had made similar posts on Durga Puja a few years back.
The writing and the enthusiasm was far better then.
You can enjoy reading them here.