Dutta Bari Durga Puja Balaram De Street from 1882
The Pratima of Ma Durga is made on the Katahamo which is divided into three parts. The kathamo pujo is done on the day of Ulto rath.The chalchitra is divided into three parts. On the upper right side of the chalchitra is the painted image of Radha Krishna while at the bottom is the image of Chandi of ‘Nishumbha’ war. On the upper left side of the chalchitra is the picture of Ram and Sita while at its bottom is Chandi in her ‘Shumbho’ form. At the top middle of the chalchitra is the image of Kali and at the bottom is the painted image of 10 avtars of Vishnu. On the curved frame work of the ‘Chalchitra’ are 2 parrots.Towards the idol of Lakshmi on the chachitra is the image of Shiva on an ox while towards the idol of Saraswati is Ram and Hanuman. Durga’s appurtenance, the Lion has a horse face. The entire dress of the pratima is made of clay. The ornaments of Ma Durga, her bangles, her neck piece are carved out of clay and are also hand- made. The weapons of the partima is of pure silver which is changed on dashami.
The Chandipath starts on the holy day of Mahalaya and continues for seven days with 7 brahmins doing the regular rituals. On the Mahashasti the Ma Durga is welcomed home at the auspicious moment of Bodhon . On Mahasaptami the puja starts with the kala bou snan at the ganga.
On Dashami the Daridra Narayan seva happens where Kichuri bhog is distributed.
At the time of dusk the immersion of the pratima is done . The speciality is that the Pratima is taken to the ganga on human shoulders , eighteen manual labourers with the support of three bamboos join Ma Durga’s grand farewell procession. No vehicle or any kind of mode of transportation is strictly prohibited. The chachitra is being attached to three bamboos which is a tradition to the family.
The well- known ‘Nilkontho’ ritual is also a part of this family’s tradition where one of the birds are set free on the day of immersion while the other one is let out after the immersion. Due to government restriction now only a clay form of nilkonto is immersed along with the idol. Another feature in connection with immersion of Ma Durga is that of Jora Nouka, Ma Durga is taken to almost at the center of river Ganga, the two boats are moved apart and the idol is submerged into the river.