File photo: Women playing vermilion at a puja pandal.
Durga Puja in West Bengal along with Mahanavami on ThursdayDurga Puja) The excitement of traveling almost ends and Vijaya Dashami (Vijay DashamiOn the day of idol immersion preparations start. The immersion of more or less four thousand Durga idols organized in Kolkata will start on Friday but on the same day ‘Sindoor Khela’ in the state.Sindur Khela) has a different custom which makes Durga Puja of the state special from the rest of the country.
In fact, for hundreds of years, worship of Mother Durga has been done in the zamindar house and Rajwada of the state with pomp and years ago this ‘vermilion khela’ had started. The High Court has also allowed vermilion to be played in a limited number of puja pandals in view of the corona pandemic.
After applying it at the feet of Maa Durga, they apply vermilion to each other
In the ‘Sindoor Khela’, where the idol of the mother has been installed, including the worship pavilion and the surrounding women, a large number of suhagans put vermilion on the mother’s feet on a daily basis. After that the demands of other married women are also filled with the same vermilion. Along with this, it is also applied on the cheeks like Abir. Along with this, women dance, sing and dance as well. On the day of Dashami, Sindoor Khela will be celebrated across the state including the capital Kolkata. For this, women have already started preparing.
The custom of ‘Sindoor Khela’ is followed with full enthusiasm
The Calcutta High Court has also allowed the entry of 60 people in big puja pandals and 15 in small pandals for ‘Sindoor Khela’. In Datta Bari of Hatkhola, ‘Sindoor Khela’ has been completed on the day of Ashtami, but in other landlord houses of Kolkata like Shobha Bazar, Rajbari Banerjee Bari and Bose family, preparations for ‘Sindoor Khela’ on a large scale would have been started from Thursday itself. Huh. Women have prepared vermilion and clothes to wear for this. A woman told that ‘Sindoor Khela’ at the end of Durga Puja is very important for women as long life of Suhag is prayed with the blessings of Maa Durga. There will be no woman who does not want to make her sweetheart long. That is why this game is played here with great pomp. It will start from Friday morning itself.
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