Today is Maha-shashti, marks the instigation of this year's Durga Puja :-) This is the Ma I will be praying to this year and like every-year, shes the prettiest Ma I have ever seen!
Ma comes back to her baabul ka aangan from shiv-ji's house alongwith her children but, doesn't enter the house as the tale goes. Now, what-how-where, I have no idea; But, durga puja as such holds a lot of importance to us bengalies coz well, it is our *main* festival.
That watching mahalaya before the puja commences,
That endless shopping of authentic clothes
The hunt for mum's matching blouse :-P
The pushpanjali on the 7th, 8th n 9th day
The phul-bel-pata diye montro confusion
The staying hungry till you get the phal-prasad after pushpanjali
The race for shanti-jal
The line for bhog
THE BHOG [:-P]
The aunties and their gossips
The uncles and their chada
The kids and their drawing competition
The roaming all over mumbai to see all thakur protimas
The balika gauri
The aparajitar phul-o-gach
The sindur utsav
mithaiyo ka mela
Ah! God please, make me have birth as a bengali each life! I love being a bong!!! majorly coz of durga puja, plus, the food rocks :-DOh! I can already hear the dhak, kongsha, shonkho n ullu!
Happy Durgotsav! Bolo Durga mai ki jai!