Durga Puja is an auspicious and most celebrated festive season for Bengali people. South India, especially Bangalore has been giving shelter to a large number of Bengalis since several decades. Durga Puja 2009 is a special occasion for Bengali Association of Bangalore (Assaye Road) who celebrate their Golden Jubilee celebrations of Durga Puja here.
Deccan Herald reports:
Talk of Durga Pooja and Bengalis in Bangalore are taken back to their poojas in their homes in West Bengal. Nostalgia has kept the Bengalee Association alive for the last fifty years and the Association has planned a grand event during its golden jubilee this year.
Though the sojourn of Goddess Durga on earth starts from the first day of Navaratri for rest of people, the Bengali community celebrates the arrival from Maha Panchami evening, the fifth day after the new-moon, when the idol of Goddess along with Ganesh, Kartikeya, Goddesses Saraswati and Lakshmi are brought at Pooja Pandal.
Special Pujas and rituals at Durga Puja pandal of Bengali Association in Bangalore:
Though there are four prominent Bengali organisations in the City holding Durga pooja, the oldest organisation is Bengalee Association on Assaye Road. It is celebrating the golden jubilee of its establishment. Its president Achintya Lal Roy told Deccan Herald that a special Durga Pooja will be held at RBANMS Ground near Ulsoor Lake. On Maha Panchami Anandamela will start and a famous singer from Kolkata Nachiketa Chakraborty will perform. On Mahasaptami, artistes of Zee Banglas Sa Re Ga Ma winner will perform.
Maha Ashtami will be a major event where pooja will begin in the morning and last till the community Bhog at 12 noon. Cultural programmes will be held in the evening. The immersion will take place on Maha Dashami. Everyday cultural programmes will take place.