Patna is the home of our nephew, Keshar. Per India custom he is actually considered to be our Son, his wife our daughter in law and their children, our grandchildren. Durga Puja, celebrated over five days, occurred while we were visiting. Colored lights were everywhere. Elaborate temporary temples made of silk, housing the image of the Goddess Durga, were erected all over the city.
|LIGHTS OVER PATNA HIGHWAY|
|TEMPLE CONSTRUCTED WITH SARI SILK|
|DEVOTEES WORSHIPING GODESS DURGA|
|GODESS DURGA SLAYING MANHISHASURA|
Our granddaughter, Kini insisted that we go to “the dance of sticks” It was quite a family event. Women and children were dressed in their best outfits. It reminded me of a rock concert. I’m glad that I went but a onetime experience for me.
Durga Puja is also celebrated by wearing new clothes. I am happy with my new sari and had fun shopping with Kini and Bahurani (daughter in law) Purnima.
|GRANDAUGHTER, KINI MODELING HER NEW OUTFIT|
|LOVE MY NEW SARI|
The down side is that traffic was snarled everywhere. This really slowed down our trip to Rahmatpur, my husband’s ancestral home and birthplace. On the last day the Idol Durga is taken and immersed into the Ganges River. This coincided with our travels back to Patna.
|NATIONAL HIGHWAY OBSTRUCTED BY DEVOTEES TAKING DURGA TO GANGES RIVER|
|TAKEN FROM OUR CAR WINDOW|
If you desire to know more about the Godess Gurga go to this link. http://hinduism.about.com/od/hindugoddesses/a/durga.htm