Category Archives: Festivals

Bijoya Dashami versus Dussehra

On the day of the Bisorjon I get loads of happy Dussehra greetings. Bisorjon is a sad time and the Bijoya Sammilani a way of huddling together with friends and family to celebrate the aftermath of an exhausting festivity. The … Continue reading

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Is Rama Really Purushottam?

Is Rama really a Purushottam? What does the term Purushottam, which denotes the ideal man, or even the ideal human really mean? When was the term Purushottam coined to describe Rama and what would the term meant during the time … Continue reading

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Myth, Media and Poetry – Jagannath’s Rathyatra

The Rath Yatra of Jagannath is among the grandest sacred spectacle of India and till only recently, which is before the Bengalis discovered the Durga Puja, it was the grandest fair of them all. The rath, or the car festival … Continue reading

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On Bhai Phnota Day.. Some Random Thoughts

When the autumn holidays and the delirious celebrations of the festivals would draw to a close and we would scurry everywhere to collect our school exercise books, pens, maps, atlases and the books and notebooks, bhai phnota would be our … Continue reading

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Chhath Puja, The Trail of the Sun Salutation

Four decades ago I went into the den of a famous Bhrigu astrologer in Kolkata with my grandfather and marvelled at a wall full of calendar art images of the various Gods of the raashi chakra. I was especially intrigued … Continue reading

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