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Shubho Bijoya – Final

Dawn of Dusshera

 Whoa….a whole Navami night of puja pandal hopping and loads of fun around Mumbai ,then returning in the wee hours of Dashami and it just dawned on me that a week of festivites just got over and I didn’t even feel it (just like evry year)….but the gloom of D-Day was somewhat neutralised when this beautiful sunrise greeted me like a mischievous toddler peeking from the side-wall with an innocent gleam in his eyes….. 🙂

 

Alto worship

As per Hindu tradition, Dusshera or Dassera is supposed to be the last day of Navratri and an extremely auspicious day with a  belief that  any new venture started  on this day will bring success. Infact all the shops and house entrances are decked up with garlands made of marigold and mango leves and called “Toran”. Every machinery,vehicle,books,weapons/tools or objects  in the daily usage are worshipped. Clicked this pic of Dad worshipping the Ganesha idol in our car 🙂

 

Dadhikarma

Even though my eyes are burning with sleeplessness, the enthusiasm to catch up with each and every ritual on the last day surpasses it all….just like last year this is the picture when Shipra kakima was mixing the ingredients for Dadhikarma – a delightful concoction of khoi, murki, chiNre (varieties of puffed rice) curd and bananas. Yummmyyyy….

 

Darpan - first look

  Before the darpan could be immersed in the water for the “Darpan Visarjan” , I sneakily clicked this reflection of Maa Durga. Personally, I felt the haziness of the reflection lent a different character to the pic…needless to say, loved it 🙂

 
 
Darpan Visarjan
 Darpan Visarjan is a ritual where the priest symbolically immerses the idol, by capturing its reflection in a bowl of water and trust me each year this literally moves me to tears. The last year pic is available HERE
 
 
Sindhoor Khela
Since childhood this has always been the last ritual I participate before the Bijoya celebrations partly because I can never bear to bid farewell to Maa. Trust me, its absolute fun to watch all the married women smear the Goddess and the other idols as well as each other with sindhoor or “vermillion”, thus wishing long life for their husbands and peace and prosperity for their families.
 
 
 Well…this is where I come to an end to my Bijoya series along with the Durga Puja festivities….cannot imagine that the festival I await for a whole 365 days gets over within a flicker and the sadness of departure and farewell leaves me as teary-eyed as ever. This year after the whole night of pandal hopping, I was unable to attend the Bijoya celebrations post the visarjan and hence no pics available for the same. Incase you guys are wondering about the idol and pandal pics, well they are soon coming up on my Sound of Music blog…..be sure not to miss it 😉
 
 
Till then..Shubho Bijoya to all you and loads of thanks for all the good wishes!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
 
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