23rd OCTOBER 2015 DURGA DEVI VISARJAN
As they shout while taking the idols for immersion: “ Aaschhe bochhor abaar hobey (we are coming back next year)!” It's Kolkata's way of assuring itself that the party is not over yet.
Durga Puja Idol Immersion - Durga Visarjan
Durga Puja festivities came to a ceremonious end on Vijaya Dashmi. This is the day when Mother Durga is supposed to depart to Kailash, thus people bid adieu to the Goddess by smearing of vermilion popularly known as ‘Sindur Khela’, followed by idol immersion.
People flock the Durga Pandals with sweets and vermilion to bid farewell to Goddess Durga and Her four children Ganesha, Karthik, Laxmi & Saraswati whom they worshiped amidst fervor and festivities.
The Bengali women beautifully dressed in traditional attires crowd the Pandals to smear vermilion on the feet of the Goddess and then apply it on each others forehead wishing longevity for their husband's life and prosperity to their family.
After this Goddess Durga and Her children are taken in a long procession with the sounding of drums and trumpets to the rivers banks or the water bodies where idol immersion is to take place.
People who had given their all for the preparation of the idols and pandals and the other devotees then bid adieu to Durgaa Maata with heavy hearts and start waiting patiently to welcome Devi Maa next year.