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Basanti Puja Celebrated in Pune

The first celebration of ‘Basanti Puja’ outside Assam-Tripura…

Bishnupriya Manipuri staying in Pune are heading for a hat-trick this time: first one being the foundation laying ceremony of International society for Shri Shri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur Sevashram, the second one, Prothom Akhil Bharatiya Celebration of Sadhu Thakur’s Birth Anniversary at Pune’s Range Hill and the third one is ‘First celebration of a Basanti Puja’at Vishrant Wadi,Pune.

The entire Basanti Puja was sponsored by one Shri Ramsena Sinha, a registrar of one of Pune’s prestigious Balaji Education Society (having seven colleges). It may be mentioned here that our Bishnupriya Manipuri students have passed out from this society’s IIMM college and secured very good jobs in Mumbai.

The puja was celebrated from 11th to 15th April 2008 with great fan fare.The ‘dosho-bhuja’ god is worshipped to earn prosperity and good-will for five days. The entire moholla is transformed into one carnival, dancing with the music of religious songs. Sondhya Aartis were performed for all the five days.

The guest of honour was the working president of NBMM, Shri Rebati Mohan Sinha, who, with his team from Mumbai, participated in the Utsav. They came wearing our traditional dress i.e white dhuti-punjabi for man folk and women with chaaksabi(tolophuti)-i-nafi and chandon tilok on foreheads as if a mini Bishnupriya Manipuri society was in a Malthep.

On 15th evening, Ma Durga was taken on an open trailor for immersion. People standing on both side of the road threw flowers towards the Ma Durga’s idol. In this way the five-day celebration came into an end.

Photo by: Rebati Mohan Sinha

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  1. That is great news.

    May Ma Dasa-Bhja bring happiness, prosperity, unity & brother-hood to all.


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