1606 - first recorded puja in West Bengal.
Celebrated by Bhabananda, the ancestor of Maharaja Krishnachandra
1610- the oldest Puja in the city of Calcutta
was supposed to be arranged by the family of Sabarana Chaudhury
1761 - first Barowari puja in Guptipara,
1829 - Lord Bentinck was present in a Durga
Puja in the house of Gopimohan Dev in north Calcutta. Inviting
British rulers in Durga Puja started from the time of Raja
"Barowari" puja started in the city
from 1860. In 1924 the name changed to "sarbojonin".
Even today some organizers use the term "barowari".
1939 - Simla Bayam Samiti Puja. Subhaschandra
Bose unveiled a 21-foot Durga.
In the late 60's Durga images were flown overseas
and Puja was celebrated.
From the 80's , corporate sponsors started
offering awards for best decoration, best images, best presentations
etc. Currently around a dozen of them have different kinds
of awards sponsored.
Bakul Bagan Durgotsab, South Calcutta ( Bhawanipur/Hazra
area) : Leading artists like Nirad Majumdar, Rathin Maitra,
Paritosh Sen, Shanu Lahiri, Meera Mukherjee etc. have taken
turn to design the images of this puja.
- Which God gave what weapon to Devi Durga to destroy
- Vishnu - chakra (discus)
- Siva - trishul (trident)
- Varun - shankha (conchshell)
- Agni - flaming dart
- Vayu - dhanuk (bow)
- Surya - tunir ebong teer (quiver and arrow)
- Yama - iron rod
- Indra - bajro (thunderbolt)
- Himalayas - Lion
- Durga - Lion
- Kartick - Peacock
- Ganesh - Mouse
- Swaraswati -Duck
- Lakshmi - Owl
- Mahisasur - Buffalo