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Women bid adieu to Maa Durga with Sindoor Khela

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On Vijayadashami, the last day of Durga Puja, married women celebrate their status of being married by playing with sindoor or vermillion.

(Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)

The red powder is used to celebrate Maa Durga's married status before she leaves for her husband's home.

(Express photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

During sindoor khela, every Bengali married woman prepares a puja thali with betel leaves or paan, sweets and sindoor.

(Express photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

The sindoor is first offered at the feet of the goddess' idol and then her forehead.

(Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)

After the Devi Boron is performed, the remaining sindoor is put on the face and the iron bangles of all married women.

(Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)

Married women are seen putting the sindoor on each other on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

(Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)

The ritual, which started some 400 years ago is an integral part of the Durga Puja celebrations every year.

(Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)