Sydney celebrates Durga Puja in all its glory at Northmead

By Manju Mittal

The annual Durga Puja organised by ‘Vakta Mandir Trust’ (VMT)  was held in a small hall at the Northmead High School on October 20, 2018. The crowd at the puja was mostly Bengali, with food stall serving Bengali gourmet fare.

Durga Puja is Bengal’s special festival, far away from home in a foreign land, Bengalis stop at nothing when it comes to celebrating the homecoming of Maa Durga. The puja was performed in adherence to all the rituals and turned out to be the quintessential Bengali affair. The celebration began with the Nabami Puja, concluding with the Dashami Puja, the evening saw a cultural program, Sindoor Khela and dancing on Dhakertaale followed, to much vigour by the participants.

Durga Puja is also known as ‘Durgotsav’. This festival epitomises the victory over evil. Every year during Navratri, the Durga Puja festival is an extremely social event and is celebrated with enthusiasm and belief. It is one of biggest festivals of the Indian subcontinent. The Durga Puja celebrations brings together friends and families, just the way their peers back home celebrate, it is a festival from traditional food to classical performances, the festive fervour is familiar, and grander than ever.

Suman Saha, one of the senior members of VMS, organised the program extending their sincere thanks to all the devotees, members and supporters for the grand success of Durga Puja 2018.

Pics courtesy: 18 Carat Photography

 

 

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