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Mallick Bari - Bhawanipur

The durga puja of Mallick family started since the time of Nawab Hussein Shah of Bengal nearly around 15th century AD. Every year the Mallicks worship the goddess in the ekchala pattern. The artisan Nobo Pal of Kumartuli has been making the idols for them since long time  There are two different locations in Mallick bari where the durga puja’s rituals are performed . They are 'Durga dalan' and 'Annapurna dalan'. The festivity of the durga puja, apart from uniting the family, gives them a reason to look forward to the next year that promises re-unions and family bonding.

Being Vaishnavas, the mallicks take purely vegetarian food during the puja days. But on Dashami, when the idol is taken to the Ganga for immersion Mallicks turn to Non-veg. They do not perform the ritual of sacrificing animals .The cuisine does not include any preparations made with rice .The delicious  Bhog and other mouth watering dishes like Luchi, Chhanar dalna, Alu fulkopir tarkari are being prepared in Mallick bari’s kichen by the cook. The women of the family supervise the whole process with huge enthusiasm.

Eminent member of the Mallick family and bright star of the tinsel town Ranjit Mallick is very proud of their family tradition. He shared with durgapujaonline.com, “From childhood durgapuja is our life. We have a joint family and me and my cousins used to enjoy a lot during durga puja. On Janmashtami kumor starts making the idol in our dalan, from Mahalaya onwards we hear the chants of chandi. We have the tradition of ekchala and dhaker saaj. I don’t take any shooting assignments and I expect my daughter to follow this as well.”

An apple of everyone’s eye in Mullick bari  and the most popular actress of Tollywood Koel Mullick said, "For us, durga puja is not all about the great family reunion, but also a fascinating moment of rejoicement and I don’t want to miss out these moments, so I do never schedule any shooting during durgapuja moment. Since we are a conservative family, women do not dance in public. My father, uncles and brothers dance while we cheer them with vigor and zeal. On the day of immersion we all take elder's blessing in the  form of  'astadurba' (eight varieties of grass)."

The Mallick family members feel a sense of inherent strength and self assurance that Durga maa has bestowed part of her radiance into them.
Mallick Bari - Bhawanipur Mallick Bari - Bhawanipur Reviewed by Web Strategy on September 18, 2010 Rating: 5

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