For the 54 families residing at Shiv Subala apartment at Professor Colony in Dhanbad’s Vinod Nagar, Durga Puja is as much about celebrating the demon-slaying goddess as their oneness and unity.
The families, who have been observing the festive for the past four years, do it in both Bengali and Bihari style Sounds unique?
Yes, it is, for the kalash sthapana ritual takes place much earlier on the first day of Navratri and puja begins since then. In keeping with the Bengalis’ ritual, Maa Durga’s idol is then brought either on Panchami or Sashthi.
“This year too, Puja started from the first day of Navratri, that is October 5. We hold the festivities in the basement of our apartment and Durga Saptashati path is performed by a priest,” said T.B. Tiwari, a resident at Shiv Subala.
“The puja of the idol will begin from Thursday after Sashthi puja, which will continue with the kalash puja,” added businessman Debashish Sen Gupta, secretary of the puja committee.
The six-storey apartment complex has two blocks, inhabited by 30 families of employees of Dhanbad Divisional Railway, along with those of some businessmen and others. The Puja committee, headed by senior advocate Chandrasekhar Prasad, looks after all arrangements. Cultural programmes are held all days.
Flat owners pool in money for Puja expenses, pegged at Rs 1 lakh this year. Some families also sponsor bhogs and aartis on particular days. This year, Tiwari, a welfare inspector with the railways, donated the idol costing Rs 11,000. He will also bear the expenses of Nabami bhog.