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Steeped in tradition for over four centuries

Bazar Bari, the colloquial term for Uma Villa, is the centre of activities in Janai, a sleepy hamlet in Hooghly, during Durga Puja. The...

Neighbours miss Rocketman’s magic this Kali Puja

  Residents and children of Ramrajatala and neighbouring areas will definitely miss Barindranath Lahiri this Kali Puja. Popular in his area as Baji Kashi or...

The Saha’s Durga

The Mokdumpur Sahapara Durga Puja is estimated to be more than 300 years old. It has its origins at Sahapur in  Old Malda...

Gandheswari – The Goddess of Fragrance Merchants

It’s a queer corner to have a place of worship. A narrow passage between the temple and the wall of the Gandhabanik Mahasabha Chhatrabas,...

A peaceful Ramanavami puja held at Santragachhi

  While political parties across the country clanked swords about how they would celebrate Ramanavami, a peaceful and serene worship of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman...

Puja for over 400 years at Hutom’s house

The old thakurdalan where puja is held Baksha is a quiet hamlet neighbouring the popular village of Janai in...

A dream in wax

    She calls herself as ‘Chhupa Rustam’, or the one with a hidden talent but never talks about it. True to her own description, Maya...

A marriage of hearts and humanity

Payel and Manish set the dance floor on fire at their wedding reception Manish Bengani doesn’t believe...

Shiva accompanies Durga on her annual homecoming

Durga is the daughter, Shiva the son-in-law. This belief is behind Serampore’s Pyne family's nearly 400 year old Durga Puja. The children, of course,...

A temple for Lakshmi

Sribati village Sribati, a small village near Katwa in Burdwan, dotted with picturesque  terracotta temples, was also the seat of...