Keeping tradition alive, Kolkata ‘baris’ celebrate Durga Puja

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At the 162-year-old Chatterjee house in Kolkata, family members observed rituals and offered prayers to Goddess Durga on the day of Ashtami.

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The Chatterjee family is among the many baris (households) in Kolkata that has been observing Durga Puja in their home since decades.

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Amid Durga Puja festivities, rituals like lighting of 108 lamps were observed by family members at Kolkata's Laha Bari.

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At the Durga Puja at Laha Bari, women hold incense sticks in earthen bowls.

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The Durga idol is made from soil borrowed from the red-light districts of Kolkata, mixed with silt from the banks of the river Ganges. 

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Peak  Durga Puja festivities begin on the sixth day’s evening, when priests “breathe life” into the clay idol through a ritual called ‘bodhan’ or awakening.

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Seen here are offerings prepared at Laha Bari during Durga Puja celebrations.

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