Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

DURGA PUJA

Paint the town red: Sindur khaela brings down the curtain on Durga Puja on a merry note

Vikas Kumar @CatchNews

Bengalis end Durga Puja with the ritual of sindur khaela, in which married women smear each other with vermilion after bidding the Goddess adieu. After this the idols are taken away for immersion.

The preparations for sindur khaela, which literally means playing with vermillion, start early morning. As the day progresses, more and more devotees gather. The vermillion-smearing session gradually leads to song and dance and general merriment.

I had only heard of sindur khaela until now. This year, I got a chance to be a part of it. And going by the way the red vermillion made everything look gay and jocund, religion and rituals didn't look that bad.

To me the celebration meant that Maa Durga may have numerous manifestations, but none is more relevant than the one that spreads happiness and laughter. Traditions like sindur khaela are more pertinent in this era of brute materialism. The world today needs religion in a form that can make people sing, dance and laugh.

Hope the clicks above help spread the message.

Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar @CatchNews