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Sindoor Khela and Kolakuli during Durga Puja Visarjan

Sindoor Khela and Kolakuli are two important aspects of Durga Puja visarjan – bidding farewell to Goddess Durga.

In the ceremony called Sindoor Khela, married women bid adieu to Goddess Durga, after draping her in new clothes and offering sweets to her. The women then play with vermillion. The term Sindoor Khela comes from the playing with vermillion.

After bidding farewell to Maa Durga, the women hug and console each other in Kolakuli.

For the ritual, women wear traditional Bengali saree, sakha pola (the typical red and white bangles that Bengali married women wear) in both hands, and a large red bindi on the forehead.