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Popular Durga Puja Pandals in Kolkata in 2009

Durga Puja Pandals in Kolkata is famous for its unique themes, creative excellence and wonderful ideas. During Durga Puja 2009 there is a healthy competition among the Puja committees to surprise and attract more visitors by creating something totally unexpected – there are forgotten pages from India’s history, some pandals are creating awareness of burning social issues, some have opted for creating replicas of well known monuments and buildings and this year global warming and weather – cyclone Aila – creating havoc in West Bengal is part of pandal themes. Here are some of the popular Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata in 2009 note for their unique themes. There are no criteria for this list. It is purely based on unique themes and that are attracting attention of people and media. 11 Pally Puja in Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas – Theme Cyclone Aila The theme of the pandal is based on the destruction caused by Cyclone Aila. The design of the pandal is so impressive that a person viewing i…

Durga Puja Story in Bengali Tradition – Goddess Durga Coming to Visit Her Parents

During the Durga Puja in Ashwin month the popular belief in Bengal is that Goddess Durga visits her parents along with her sons and daughters. The story of Durga Puja in Bengali Tradition begins during incarnation of Goddess Shakti as Sati, the daughter Daksha. Sati is also known as Uma. Sati married Lord Shiva despite the opposition of Daksha. Uma had to pay the price for it with her life. Daksha conducted a yagna and did not invite Shiva; and when Uma came to enquire about it, she was insulted and as per Bengali Tradition Uma starved herself to death. Shiva who came to know about the death of Uma arrived at the scene and destroyed the entire palace of Daksha. But this did not calm Shiva’s rage. He took the body of Uma and started performing Tandava. Lord Vishnu soon realized that the Tandava would destroy all living beings. Lord Vishnu then used his Sudarshana Chakra to cut Uma’s body into 51 pieces. The places where Sati’s body fell came to be known as Shaktipeetah. Daksha, father o…

Garuda Vahanam Procession during Sri Vari Brahmotsavam at Tirupati Balaji Temple

On the fifth day of the famous nine-day Brahmotsavam festival at TirupatiBalajiTemple, Lord Venkateswara is taken around the Mada streets in procession on Lord Garuda. This procession of Sri Vari is known as Garuda Vahanam and Garuda Seva. On the day, Lord Balaji is shown atop Garuda, the half-eagle half-man Vahana or Vehicle of Lord Vishnu. In 2017, Garuda Vahana dates are September 25.

On the fifth day at night, after Unjal Seva, Lord Balaji is mounted atop the Garuda Vahana. Lord Venkateswara is specially decorated with Mahakanti and Sahasranaramala. The Vahana is then pulled around the Mada streets.

Garuda Vahanam procession attracts maximum devotees during Sri Vari Brahmotsavam as Garuda Vahana is the greatest of all Vahanas.

You may also like to read The concept of Vahana in Hinduism

Watch Online Popular Durga Pandals of Jamshedpur Durga Puja 2010

A newly launched website Jamshedpurpuja is offering pictures and videos of Durga Puja pandals in Jamshedpur city in Jharkhand. Known as the steel city of India, the Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals in Jamshedpur. The website is launched by Apostle Technologies and Kendriya Durga Puja Committee (KDPC) and provides an online tour of a majority of puja pandals located on the urban periphery of Jamshedpur.

If you are looking for an online virtual Durga Puja Pandal hopping then Jamshedpur Puja could satisfy you. You can view the website here – Jamshedpurpuja. (the website is no longer functioning)