Indian are known for being religious people not forgetting their many colorful religious functions. Kolkata, the capital city of west Bengal is no exceptional to this fact! The city is nicknamed the ‘City of Joy‘ owing to its many festivals and colorful way of life. Dussehra is great and much awaited festival that brings together the whole community irrespective of their religion! Unlike other parts of India, Kolkata combines all its celebrations to the final day of Dussehra.
What does Dussehra celebrations entail?
When translated, Dussehra means destroyer of the evil or burning of the demon god. Ramila forms the highlight of the ceremony while in other parts, the triumph of Durga over Mahishasura marks the end of the cerebration. It is important theta different parts of India have their different belief about the ceremony but all revolves around destroying of the evil.
Dussehra celebrations in Kolkata
The most important and common festival among the West Bengal residents is Durga Puja. In Kolkata, the ceremony last five days having commenced on Moha Shashti which is the sixth day and ending on the tenth day, Bijoya dashami-in the month of October. During the ceremony, it is believed that Durga comes to the earth to chase out the evil. The ceremony acts as a welcome gesture to the god as well as appeasing the gods.
Activities and preparation prior to the Dussehra festival in the City of Joy
Prior to the huge processions marking the festival, intensive preparation is done. The preparation starts by building of pandals in various corners of the city as well as the Temples and the Pujas communities. The preparation is also characterized by making of clay gods which are immersed in the Seas, Lakes or rivers on the final day. Bengali cuisines also marks this great day not forgetting the fire work displays. Other features marking the day includes sweets, huge processions, decorations and gifts; in short, the whole city is filled with festive mood.
Great areas to enjoy in Kolkata
The problem with the festivals is that there are always full and you may be force to be some days early to participate in the preparations. However, that ought not to freak you out! Kolkata homes some great sites such as;
Calcutta polo stadium
Netaj indoor stadium
Port of Kolkata- the oldest port in India!
Howrah Bridge- breathtaking architectural design
Victoria memorial building
St Paul’s Cathedral
You do not have to worry about the means of getting around the city, there exist well establish transport networks such as the Kolkata metro and the road transport.
Getting in the City Of Joy
Well, today’s menu got some good news for all travelers! The introduction of the Indian visa has come as a blessing to many travelers, the new platform now saves you the hustle and expenses of visiting the boarders or the embassies. You can have your travel documents processed at the comfort of your chair or bed. The immigration official are able to assess your eligibility through some online questions as well as the scanned documents! In conclusion, it is evident that Kolkata Hindu festivals truly makes West Bengal an unforgettable tourist haven!