29 Sep 2017

Idols of Maa Durga In Cuttuck, Shared by Ashwas Priyadarshan

From Wikipedia:
The city of Cuttack is the socio-cultural center of the state. The earliest Sarbojonin Durga Puja was reportedly held in the Kazi Bajaar area of the city in 1832 by both Oriya and Bengali employees of the East India Company. The local people participated in the festivities enthusiastically. However, due to differences which cropped up later, the Oriyas decided to organise the Puja on their own. Now the silver and gold jewellary clad Durga is seen in many lanes and pandals. The pandal is permanent throughout the year in the suburbs of Cuttack, where regular worship is done for the divine mother, and idols are made only during Dussehra time and immersed after that.

Another opinion is that Chaitanya Deb Mahaprabhu started the Pujas in 1505 AD, when he visited Cuttack, on his way to Puri to the temple of Lord Jagannath. Even though this may be true, the autumnal ceremony or "Akaal Bodhon", as people celebrate it now, is very similar to Markandeya Purana, and is not codified in the most ancient Hindu scriptures.

In 2017, there are several idols of Maa Durga worshiped. These picture of Maa Durga are captured by Ashwas Priyadarshan

Alisha Bazaar, cuttack
Chandini chauk Cuttack
Chauliaganj cuttack
Choudhury Bazaar Cuttack
College Square Cuttack
Dargha Bazaar Cuttack
Firingi Bazaar Cuttack
Kazi Bazaar Cuttack
Khan nagar, Cuttack
Khatbin Sahi, Cuttack
Mahanadi vihar, cuttack
Mangalabag Cuttack
Ranihat Cuttack
Sheikh Bazaar, Cuttack
Tulasipur Cuttack


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