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One the most interesting part of the six day festival is enacted on the Bijoya Dashami day, known as Sindur Khela. It is purely a ladies function and that too restricted to only married ladies. Widows or unmarried women are a strict no-no. The origin of this ritual is unknown to this day, but it is beleived to have started about 200 years ago in the Rajbaris to usher in bonhomie among the housewives. Sindur(vermilion) Khela is an event on the Dashami, enacted before the idol of Mother Goddess prior to her immersion . Married women take part in the Sindur Khela whereby they offer 'Baran'(ritual farewell) to the Goddess with pradip,vermilion, betel leaf, sweets . After this they collect sindur from the forehead of the idol of Mother Durga smearing each other with it to bid farewell to the Debi Durga.

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Date Taken: 10.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Burdwan, India
Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Copyright: © Debashis Mukherjee