Pandal hooping for $100 for tourists from abord to showcase the true carnival flavour of bengal during the Autumn festival.Every year festival organisers of Calcutta and suburbs choose a theme and recreate their model. Few years back,
In Calcutta, devotees celebrated their most auspicious day of the festival Maha asthami (the auspicious eighth day of the new moon) with elaborate rituals since early mornings at the pandals. Devotees line up from the early hours to offer flowers(anjali).After the prayers, the Prasad (sacred food) is distributed.Priests perform rituals by chanting religious verses.Bengalies prefer non-vegetarian foods in this day.On this day some traditional pujas like Belur Math,worship a young girl depecting as Devi Durga. The Dhaki (drummer) held the dhak (drum) on his shoulder and is beaten with twosticks.
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