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Durga Puja Photographs 2012: Bangalore

Although Durga Puja is mostly a festival of Eastern India, smaller scale celebrations can be found in most places in India, generally organized by Bengali communities living in the respective locations.

When I was in school, these times used to be comparatively peaceful for me. Long holidays, moderate weather, new clothes, toy guns, sweets etc were a part of the celebration. But I haven’t been home for the festival for more than a decade now and the best I could do this time was to visit the celebrations near the Ulsoor lake in Bangalore.

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I noticed that it was not only a puja event but has been turned into a much bigger program. There is a separate stage where cultural programs are going on.

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The entire venue was surrounded by scores of stalls selling mostly food items.

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The rustic fair like atmosphere was dripped in nostalgia complete with Baul singers, colorful balloons and soap bubbles.

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The only sign of changing times was the angry bird balloon which unfortunately I failed to capture and also the gigantic zoo zoo shown below, which I felt like piercing with a needle.

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Hope everybody is having a good time this festive season. A lot more things to come in the next few weeks. Hoping to make the most of it.

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The Durga Puja Photographs 2012: Bangalore by The Travelling Slacker, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

4 Comments

  • 2012/10/24 - 6:49 am | Permalink

    Nice shots, Jitaditya.
    Ulsoor is where the Bangalore Bengalis always meet, right?

    Happy Pooja to you.

    • Quetzalcoatl
      2012/10/24 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks a lot!!!…
      & Yes, Ulsoor is probably the largest puja in B’lore…

  • 2012/10/25 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Excellent shots, Jitaditya! I can understand how nostalgic an event it must be for you… The entire feel the event you’ve captured is amazing! Festival greetings to you and your family.

    • Quetzalcoatl
      2012/10/28 - 9:29 pm | Permalink

      Thanks a lot Arti…
      And belated festive wishes to you too…

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