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  • Durga Puja 2017: All you need to know about Durga Puja’s 5-day events; what they mean

    Mumbai: Durga Puja is considered as auspicious day as it is celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is believed that on this day Maa Durga has killed the demon Mahishasura. Durga Puja 2017 will start from September 26 and end on September 30 and, be it Bengal, Assam or Maharashtra, the festival will be celebrated with great fervour with slight differences here and there. Every city will have brightly decorated

  • Durga Puja 2017: Rituals, its significance, and all you need to know about Maa Durga

    Mumbai: Durga Puja pandals are gearing up to celebrate the festival by making replicas of different structures. Juhu-based famous mandal North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, which is celebrating 70 years, is one of the oldest and biggest Durga Puja mandals, founded by Padmashri Sasadhar Mukerji and Shrimati. Durga Puja is celebrated from Shasti to Bijoya Dashimi.

  • Durga Puja 2017: A guide to pandal-hopping in Mumbai

    Durga Puja is around the corner. It is the most awaited festival of Bengalis. It is the time when Maa Durga comes to visit her devotees. The five-day festival is celebrated with great pomp and fervour. The real charm of the festival can only be witnessed in West Bengal, especially in Kolkata with innovative theme pandals, traditional rituals, food and fun. Though the festival in Kolkata is larger than life experience, the

  • ‘New demon’ GST pinches Durga Puja organisers, idol makers

    Kolkata: Blaming the timing of the Goods and Services tax (GST) rollout, Durga Puja organisers and idol makers here say they are feeling the pinch of the new indirect tax regime as advertising revenues are falling and margins are tepid. Following the increasing funds crunch, community Puja committees in Kolkata have started curtailing their budgets.

  • Theme-based pujas to recreate US,UK in 2017 Durga Puja pandals

    Kolkata: Thanks to globalisation, some leading theme-based puja committees are all set to showcase a slice of the US and UK in the Durga Puja pandals. Iconic landmarks of the US will be recreated in a unique collage at the ‘Badamtala Asar Sangha’ puja in south Kolkata where the goddess will be placed in a hall resembling a banquet hall, which will be surrounded with replicas made of steel and wood, puja

  • Maradona to visit Kolkata for a 2-day trip in September

    Kolkata : Argentine legend Diego Maradona is set to kick off the football carnival in India during his September 18-19 visit, about a month ahead of the City of Joy’s historic date with FIFA U-17 World Cup Final.

  • Wishing, learning and celebrating art & knowledge that drives life

    Indore: Celebrating the Bengali alternative of Basant Panchami, Bengali community gathered at club centres and prayed to goddess Saraswati for knowledge and blessings. While the community celebrates Durga Puja with grand frenzy pandals and traditional dhols, they might tone down the celebrations but ensure that all elements are used in prayers to Saraswati as well.

  • More Indian sought travel to domestic destinations in 2016

    New Delhi: The year 2016 saw a huge rise in Indians planning travel on the go to showing increased preference to travel domestically, says a study. As the year draws to a close, global travel search engine Skyscanner presents a roundup of travel trends prevalent among Indian travellers in 2016, according to IANS.

  • Ontario to declare October as Hindu Heritage Month

    Toronto : A bill to proclaim October as Hindu Heritage Month annually in Canada’s Ontario province has been introduced in the provincial assembly here. Ontario is home to more than 700,000 Indo-Canadians. Introducing the bill in the Ontario assembly here, Joe Dickson, who is a Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP), said that by proclaiming the month of October as Hindu Heritage Month, Ontario will recognise the “important contributions that Hindu Canadians have

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    Bengali women bask in sindur glory on Bijoya Dashami

    Indore: With the conclusion of Navratri on Tuesday, Bengali community thronged different pandals of the city to convey their heartfelt gratitude to goddess Durga on Bijoya Dashami, the last day of Durga Puja while the married women of the community felt blessed to mesmerise in the community’s trademark sindur khela, a game to smear vermilion on the faces of fellow women after offering it to goddess Durga.

  • Traditional Bengali fare top draw for foodies during Pujas

    Kolkata : As the city soaks in the festive mood with Durga Puja, restaurants here are all geared up to provide mouth-watering dishes to celebrate the event. While some food joints are ready with special menus for the four-day-long festivities, some have laid out traditional fare to woo food loving Bengalis. The city’s food zone, Park Street, housing restaurants like Peter Cat, Mocambo, Charcoal Grill, Daawat–e–Shiraz, Barbeque Nation and others, are all

  • Durga Puja at Vasai starts today

    PALGHAR : Durga Puja, the biggest event in the festival calendar of the Bengali community and a major festival for other communities of eastern India such as Oriyas and Assamese, commences today. The festival is celebrated by a large population in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) comprising of Mumbai city, Mumbai suburbs and parts of Thane, Pa-lghar and Raigad distri-cts, where over 100 ‘sarvajanik’ Durga Pooja pandals are erected during this period.

  • Mumbai’s Bengal Club denied of area to conduct Durga and Kaali Pooja

    Mumbai: In a major setback for the Dadar-based Bengal Club, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday turned down their plea challenging the decision of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) of providing a mere 195 square yards area for conducting the annual ‘Durga and Kaali Pooja’.

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    7 things that make Powai’s PBWA durga puja so special

    Durga puja is not just a festival; it is an emotion for the Powai Bengali Welfare Association (PBWA). It is said that durga puja marks the victory of good over evil and is the perfect time to let the bad things slide. And this true meaning is perfectly mastered by the PBWA. Currently in its 11th year, the PBWA is celebrating the fest in true spirit from creating the largest pandal to organizing a