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Durga Puja Bishorjon Carnival to be held at Red Road on October 23

Durga Puja Bishorjon Carnival to be held at Red Road on October 23

Kolkata, Sep 15 (UNI) The West Bengal Government is making efforts to brand Durga Puja and its related aspects (heritage, food, decorations, pandals, Durga Puja Carnival on Red Road) as one of theme-based approaches.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that this year the annual Durga Puja Bishorjon Carnival will be held at Red Road on October 23



The Bishorjon Carnival, initiated by Chief Minister is a unique show that gives people an opportunity to all to see the best pratimas at one place.



The plans are indeed grand. Like the parade on Republic Day, there will be viewing galleries on both sides of the Red Road and announcements about the pujas and their organisers will be made as the spectacle passes by.



“This is a dream project of the chief minister, which the tourism department would be implementing this year also, a tourism official today said.



From the beautiful dance movements to the rhythmic beats of dhaks to the soul-stirring sounds of dhamsas and madals; from frames that captured Kolkata’s built heritage of a bygone era to the memories of the past – the bishorjon carnival on Red Road last year was a riot for the senses.



To mark the occasion, Ms Banerjee on Saturday tweeted , “Only 30 days to go for #DurgaPujo. We welcome you all to come to #Bangla and experience the festivities. Since 2016, we are organising an annual Bishorjon Carnival on Red Road where the best pujo organisers take part in a procession for immersion.#ExperienceBengal.”

Ms Banerjee recently held a preparatory meeting with the representatives of various Durga Puja organising committees in the city.



During the meeting, the chief minister announced, Durga Pujo immersions will be held from October 19-22.



“We will organise Durga Pujo Bishorjon Carnival at Red Road on October 23 at 4 PM. Last year, 55 clubs participated, this year, 75 clubs will participate,” she said.



Around 3,000 big and small Durga Pujas are organised in the city. The number for rest of Bengal is 25,000.



The State Tourism Department has decided to create special packages for foreign tourists woven around the massively popular Durga Puja Carnival.



The carnival on Red Road in Kolkata – comprising of the best Durga Pujas of Kolkata and surrounding areas parading on special trailers, along with drummers (dhakis) and folk dancers – was started on the personal initiative of Chief Minister.



According to a senior Tourism Department official, a large number of foreign tourists had come to Bengal to witness the carnival. Hence it has been decided that from this year attractive packages would be started for them.



The packages would include visits to different tourist spots across the State. Through these packages, the State Government’s Homestay Tourism Policy too would be popularised. The Government in recent times has been giving a lot of thought to developing a viable homestay network in the Stay.



The carnival has helped in popularising Durga Puja among foreign tourists, bringing it to the attention of the world and giving it the fame it rightly deserves.



It was decided last year, on the demand of Durga Puja organisers from across Bengal, that such carnivals would be held in the district capitals too from this year.



Durga Puja festival marks the battle of goddess Durga with the shape-shifting, deceptive and powerful buffalo demon Mahishasura, and her emerging victorious.Thus, the festival epitomizes the victory of Good over Evil, but it also is in part a harvest festival that marks goddess as the motherly power behind all of life and creation.



The Durga Puja festival dates coincide with Vijayadashami (Dussehra) observed by other traditions of Hinduism The festival ends of the tenth day of Vijaya Dashami, when with drum beats of music and chants, Shakta Hindu communities start a procession carrying the colorful clay statues to a river or ocean and immerse them, as a form of goodbye and her return to divine cosmos and Mount Kailash.

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