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Devi-Baran

Devi-Baran, Durga Puja is the biggest annual Hindu festival in India that reveres the goddess Durga. The festival is generally observed in the month of September or October (“Okal-Bodohon”). A multi-day festival that features elaborate temple and stage decorations (Pandals), scripture recitation, performance arts, revelry and processions. The festival ends on the tenth day i.e. Dashami, begins with Sindoor Khela, where married women smear sindoor or vermillion on the Goddess' idol, on her forehead and feet and offer sweets to the idol. This process is called “Durga Boron”. Since sindoor is like an ornament for married hindu women, this ritual signifies them wishing each other a happy married life.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2015
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: Kolkata, India
Camera: NIKON D7000
Copyright: © Ranadip Kundu