Uttaran, Western Sydney

Uttaran’s first Durga Puja, held in 1998 in Plumpton was celebrated on a small scale and after a great response from the local community and their generous support, the association hold the Durga Puja annually and on a larger scale each passing year. In 2004, it was moved to a bigger and more centralized venue to accommodate the ever grown crowd. Last year, the crowd exceeded 2000 people. The attendees vary in age from newborns to respected elders and this provides an opportunity for the younger generation to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of India and the festivals.

The Puja commences at 9am and the association provides all meals free of charge to all attendees throughout the day. The Prasad distribution is followed by a delicious lunch and a hearty dinner is also provided in the evening. Donations are accepted throughout the day and the generous support of the community allows the club to make charitable donations to help those less fortunate and continue holding t Pueja each year. In recent years they have provided financial assistance to a poor family in Kolkata for their child's heart surgery and to children's orphanages in India.

Activities throughout the day include a drawing competition for the young children and an evening entertainment program of Bengali, Bollywood and contemporary Singing, Instrumental and Dancing performances. The performers include young children and adults in a show that appeals to all ages and it is a highlight of the Bengali social calendar each year.

The Western Sydney Uttaran Durga Puja has been promoted worldwide and has received extensive news coverage over the years in print and electronic media. A documentary was made in 2007 and shown on a Community TV channel highlighting the Puja activities through the day and included interviews with committee members. News articles were published in newspapers worldwide and the Puja has been recognised by the Worldwide Puja Competition through www.kolkatamirror.com and other similar competitions.

Puja Schedule:

Puja Date for 2010        9th October
Puja                              9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pushpanjali                    12:30 pm
Prasad Distribution        12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Bhog Distribution            2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Drawing Contest             4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Afternoon Tea                 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Arati                               6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Entertainment                  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dinner (Veg/Non Veg)    9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Address to visit the puja:

Cumberland High School
183 Penant Hills Road
Carlingford, Sydney
NSW 2118
Australia

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