Durga Puja Parikrama of Rural Bengal & Kolkata

Experience Durga Puja Parikrama 2020-Rural Bengal along with “Bonedi Bari” (Zamindar or Ancient House) of West Bengal, The annual week-long carnival of Durga Puja is undoubtedly the most anticipated event in West Bengal.Gram (rural) Banglar Puja ,where you can find the rituals of some century old Durga Puja of Bengal. 

Bardhaman District

Barsul-Dey Bari

Barsul-Dey Bari

The Durga puja of this zamindar family is over 200 years old. Although, the zamindari & the earlier glory is long gone, the puja is still continued by the current family members. The unique feature of this puja is that the debi Durga is worshipped as Hara-Gouri. A smaller image of Durga found sat on the lap of Shiva. The four children, Laxmi, Ganesh, Saraswati & Kartick glory on both side of Shiva. A symbolic bull lies below the feet of Shiva. Debi Durga is not dashabhuja & is not seen at her normal destructive mood.
In earlier days, the murtikars were brought in from Nabadwip to build the debi image but now local people are engaged for the art.

Amadpur Chaudhury Bari

Amadpur-Chowdhury Zamindar Bari

Nearly, 400 years ago, the Chowdhurys settled in and around a small village in Bardhaman and established their Zamindari. With time, they grew to become one of the most influential Zamindars of Bengal. Today, their house, temple, mango orchards and the Dighi (pond) stand testimony to the grand past. 

Paharhati Durga Puja

Paharhati-Dutta Zamindar Bari

This puja is 150 years old. The debi has two hands and is worshipped as Abhoya along with her 4 children. The Mahishasur (the bull-demon) is absent. Although the story of asur badh is depicted in the chala behind. The debi has daker saaj. The purohit is Narayan Chandra Dutta and his family.

Guskara-Chongdar Raj Bari

Guskara-Chongdar Raj Bari

This 500 years old puja is famous for its ekchala protima. Maharsi Debenranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Tarasankar Banerjee (famous writer) used to visit this puja. The face of the lion of debi is built as a horse face look alike.

Guskara-Majhi Bari

Guskara-Majhi Bari

This is the first Durga puja in Gushkara and is continued till today from the period of Nawab Alibardi Khan. The debi rides on the lion along with her two friends Jaya & Bijaya along with Ashur. The childs of the debi are absent here. The bali (ritual animal sacrifice) of all pujas in Gushkara are made after the same has been made here..

Guskara-Amra Roy Bari-Singha Bahini Pujo

This puja is 250 years old. Worship to Ashto Dhatu Maa Durga, its most oldest Pujo in Guskara

Birbhum District

Surul-Sarkar Bari

Surul-Sarkar Bari

The history of Surul Sarkar family can be traced some 300 years back. From oral history and some written documents, it appears that the first generation of the Sarkar family came to Surul (originally known as Krishnanagar) in Birbhum district from a village named Nilpur in Bardhaman district in early 1700.

The Sarkar family now exists as Barabari Sarkars and Chotobari Sarkars. This came into existence some 125 years ago, when the family decided to split over property matters. Barobari currently has some 100 families and owns the original Durgamandir (temple) - commonly known as Rajbari.

During the Puja time, the population of Surul increases by 100s of Sarkars, when 4 or 5 generations and their extended families gather for 4 days of celebration and family reunion.

Shantiniketan-Sonajhuri Durga Puja

Shantiniketan-Sonajhuri Durga Puja

This Durga Puja started by the late artist, Badhan Das, in Santiniketan in 2001 has become a tourist attraction because of tribal cultural programmes, folk songs and handcrafts.

People from all over Bengal and Jharkhand visit the Puja, locally known as Badhan Das's Puja or Hiralini Durgotsov, which is organised in the Khoai area of Santiniketan.

Das, who was a teacher at the Government College of Art and Craft in Calcutta, had bought land in Santiniketan near the Sonajhuri forest in 1990 to open a studio. After 10 years, he decided to organise a Durga Puja in the compound of his house involving tribal people from neighbouring villages such as Banerpukurdanga and Ballabhpur.

The speciality of Das's Durga Puja is its idols. There are five separate idols made of terracotta, bamboo, wood, earth and iron.

Das died on December 11, 2002, at the age of 58 after organising the Puja for two years. His sister Chitra and her artist husband Asish Ghosh live in the house now and organise the Puja. Asish said the idols of terra cotta and wood were made by Das. The remaining three were made by Asish and his students. This year, the idol made of bamboo was worshipped.

Tribal people are the lifeblood of this puja. Every year, various tribal cultural troupes, including some from Jharkhand, along with local bauls, perform here

Option 1-Rarhbanglar Pujo-Barsul with Sovabazar Raj Bari

  • Date-5th October,2019 (Maha Saptami)
  • Pick up -7.00 am Prince Anwar Shah Road
  • Drop-8.00 PM Prince Anwar Shah Road
  • Vehicle Type-AC Tempo Traveller 18/24 seater
  • Cost-Rs.2800/- per head

Inclusions-

  • Packed Breakfast Vegetarian
  • Tea at roadside dhaba
  • 1 Bottle Packaged Drinking water 1Lt
  • Lunch-Non Vegetarian/ Vegetarian Food at Paharhati Bhattacharya bari
  • Evening Tea with light snacks at Shaktigarh roadside dhaba

Itinerary-

  • 7.00 am-Pickup from PA Shah Road
  • 8.00 am-8.30am-Sovabazar Rajbari
  • 11.00am-11.30am-Barsul
  • 12.30pm-1.00pm-Amadpur Chowdhury Bari
  • 1.30-3.30pm-Paharhati Bhattacharya Bari (visit & Lunch)
  • 4.30pm-108 Shiva Temple
  • 5.30pm-Snacks in Shaktigarh
  • 8.00pm-Drop to PA Shah Road

Option 2-Rarhbanglar Pujo-Guskara with Surul Rajbari, Shantiniketan

  • Date-7th October,2019 (Maha Nabami)
  • Pick up -7.00 am Prince Anwar Shah Road
  • Drop-9.00 PM Prince Anwar Shah Road
  • Vehicle Type-AC Tempo Traveller 18/24 seater
  • Cost-Rs.3200/- per head

Inclusions-

  • Packed Breakfast Vegetarian
  • Tea at roadside dhaba
  • 1 Bottle Packaged Drinking water 1Lt
  • Lunch-Non Vegetarian/ Vegetarian Food at Kharimati Resort,Sriniketan
  • Evening Tea with light snacks at Shaktigarh roadside dhaba

Itinerary-

  • 7.00 am-Pickup from PA Shah Road
  • 10.30am-12.30pm-Guskara-Chongdar Bari,Majhi Bari, Mondal Bari 
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm-Lunch at Kharimati Resort,Shantiniketan
  • 2.30-3.00pm-Surul Sarkar Bari Pujo
  • 3.30pm-Sonajhuri Pujo
  • 4.30pm-108 Shiva Temple
  • 5.30pm-Snacks in Shaktigarh
  • 9.00pm-Drop to PA Shah Road
Durga Puja Parikrama 2019
Durga Puja Parikrama 2019

Option 3- Special Durga Puja Parikrama for Non Residential Indians 4N/5D
Cost-INR 17500/- per head (4 adults travelling together)

5/10/19 – Maha Saptami (North Kolkata Puja Parikrama)

Pick Up point is Kolkata Airport/Hotel at 7.00am

Drop-7.00 Pm at Hotel

  • Md.Ali Park
  • College Square
  • Bagbajar Sarbojonin
  • Kumortuli Sarbojonin
  • Ahiritola Sarbojonin
  • Kashi Bose Lane
  • Telengabagan
  • Chalta Bagan

6/10/19 – Maha Ashtami (South Kolkata Puja Parikrama)

Pick Up point is Hotel at 7am

Drop-7.00 Pm at Hotel

  • Maddox Square
  • Adi Ballygunge Sarbojanin
  • Ekdalia Evergreen
  • Singhi Park
  • Hindustan Park
  • Deshoprio Park
  • Chetla
  • Suruchi Sangha
  • Mudiali
  • Shib Mandir
  • Badamtala Ashar Sangha
  • Chetla Agrani Club

7/10/19 –Maha Nabami ( Banedi Barir Pujo Darsana)

Pick Up point at Kolkata airport at 7am

Drop-7.00 Pm at Hotel

  • Khelat Ghosh Bari
  • Sobhabajar Rajbari
  • Latu babu Chatu Babur barir pujo
  • Daw Bhaban
  • Janbajar Rajbari
  • Thanthania Datta bari
  • Mallik barir Pujo

8/10/19 — Dashomi ( Pratima Bisorjon)

Morning free for leisure/ shopping

From Afternoon reach “Babughat” -Maa Durga Bisarjan (Idol Immersion)

Drop at Hotel around 9pm

Inclusions-

  • Accommodation for 04Nights in Double Bed Sharing in City Hotel /Guest House/ Apartment
  • Puja Parikrama as per the itinerary given above
  • Package includes Breakfast & Dinner (Vegetarian/ Non-vegetarian)
  • Package Drinking water every day (1 Lt)
  • All toll taxes. Drivers allowance.
  • Parking charges
  • Transport Services as per the itinerary by A/C Innova upto 6 heads

Exclusions-

  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, laundry, telephone & table Drinks etc.
  •  Any kind of insurance
  •  Guide charges
  • Supplement Cost-Rs.3500 per head-Rarhbanglar Pujo (Rural Bengal-Bardhaman & Birbhum District) instead of “Saptami” or “Astami”, Lunch will be included.