The innovative theme of Bosepukur Sitalamandir Durga Puja.

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The article speaks about the innovative theme of Bosepukur Sitalamandir Durga Puja in South Kolkata. The innovative theme attracts devotees.


Bosepukur Sitalamandir Durga Puja in South Kolkata is known for its innovative theme of Durga Puja. In 2015 also the puja was grand. Few years back it had built mandap based on thousands of earthen pots and amazed everyone. At that the entire crowd of states of West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa flocked to the Bosepukur Sitalamandir Puja Mandap.


In 2015, the theme of the puja included banana tree and the growth of insects around the natural habitat surrounding them. The theme was novel and very difficult to execute. It had been planned for 4 years and it had given employment to more than 100 persons involved in mandap preparation.


The pandal of the Bosepukur showed the insects feeding on natural habitats surrounding them and the vegetation. Insects includes ants and other insects feeding on banana plants. The artists who were involved in the creation could not take other projects and stuck to the project of bose Pukur Sitalamandir Durga Puja.


It is very difficult to depict insect living in natural habitat. In Bosepukur pandal the creators made it look grand. The entire surroundings did look natural. Even the persons shown around the background were made with artistry.


The idol of Bosepukur Durgapuja was unique. The idol of Goddess Durga showed the idols worshipped in rural bengal. The banana leaves featured in the ekchala mandap also. Banana trees are considered very pious and noble by bengalies. Not only food are given in the leaves of banana plant, even the kalabou is worshipped on the day of Shasti.

Ek Chala.

The idols of Goddess Durga, Laksmi, Saraswati, Kartika is made in Ek Chala. It means in one frame they are built. The fact of rural bengal was exhibited with the banana background so the ekchala pratima was equally amazing. Ek Chala pratima is also evident in Bagbazar Durga Puja which is known for its traditional appeal.


The idol of other Goddesses and Gods including Laksmi, Saraswati, Ganesha, Kartika also showed the same theme. The ants roaming around the banana plants was thrilling and amazing. It was really unbelievable. among the visitors the children enjoyed the decoration even more than the adult devotees.

Natural habitat.

The natural habitat created around the Pandal had been so impressive that it does not look like it is a pandal. Many people got confused whether it was Durga Goddess mandap or a real bengal village. the simplicity of bengali village and its surroundings were very well exhibited which charmed the audience.

Banana leaves.

Banana leaves have huge significance in the life of Bengalies. The banana leaves are used while eating food and items are served in banana leaves. Even the other plants of banana like mocha were shown in the pandal. In fact mocha, thod are very delicious bengali cuisine which are eaten as vegetarian food in different parts of West Bengal and especially rural West Bengal.


The decoration around the pandals was also very good. Devotees find the puja very innovative with sacred appeal. It took huge amount of time to make the preparation and thereafter the execution. The work had been very meticulous. It had been very close to perfection.


Visitors every year expect new innovation in theme from Bosepukur Durga Puja. They come up with new ideas. This year they were not dissapointed. It was a brilliant work. It was a pity that the mandap did not win the Asian Paints Sharad Shamman. It really deserved award.


There is also meaningful lighting. For huge rush many devotees avoid the evening rush and visit the Durga Puja during the day time. If anyone had not seen Bosepukur Sitalamandir durgapuja the entire journey of seeing Durga Mandap in Kolkata had remained incomplete.

Source of images: "The images are taken from private camera of Dr Souvik Chatterji during visit to Kolkata in October, 2015."


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Dr. Souvik Chatterji.
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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
6th Nov 2015 (#)

Nice post Souvik my best wishes to your beautiful family an good looking chap your boy a future Bollywood star!

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author avatar Souvik
7th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern for the wonderful comments and compliments on my son.

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