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Roy Bari - Kolootola

The 150 years old Badan Chandra Roy Estate Durga puja was started by Late Badan Chandra Roy in his palatial three stories house at Kolootola opposite to Medical College Hospital. According to family sources “‘Roy’ a patronymic title of the original Subarna Banik ‘Pals’ hails their origin from Raynagar of Ayodhya. After successive migration to various places they   settle in Kolkata near Eden Hospital Road. However, that house was razed to make way for Central Avenue and Mackintosh & Burn built this new house in 1857. “The genealogy of Roy family has been well documented and the family tree traces the origin of our Durga Pujo in the year 1857” said Dr. Sagar Lal Roy a member of the family. “ In our family ‘Ma Durga’ is seated on a alter in the sprawling marbled pavilion under the holy arch ‘chalchitra’ adorned in the indigenous ‘daker saj’. Till 1960s the miniscule figures on the arch were painstakingly painted by the artist but now all are printed sheets pasted there. Our Pujo count down starts from ‘Ulto Rath’ when ‘Kathamo Pujo’ is performed. The devotional process of the deity begins from ‘Mahalaya’.

Suvojit Ray a young member of the family said  “we look forward to these few days with baited breath, everyday the break of dawn is with the melodious chanting of ‘Chandi Pathe’ followed by the rhythm of the Dhak and Puspanjali thereafter. During these days we do not eat anything before Anjali. Burning of Dhuna on the heads of our mothers and aunts is also some thing very special to see. For us it is an auspicious time and fun time as well.” In Roy family Ma Durga is still carried on
shoulders of the devotees to the Ghat for immersion.

Contribution: Kamal Banerjee
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