Churrack Pooja, Calcutta, 1896

ChurrackPuja-HindooHolidayচড়ক পূজা, গঙ্গাতীরবর্তী অঞ্চল, কলকাতা, ১৮০৬
View on the Banks of the Ganges with representation of the Churruck Poojah, a Hindoo holiday. Charak Puja is a very delightful folk festival, also known as Nil Puja celebrated in Bengal on Chaitra Songkranti, the last day of the month Chaitra. Charak Puja, a colourful festival was celebrated all over Bengal with much pomp and show on the eve of the Bengali New Year. As described in হুতুম প্যাঁচার নকশা by Kalipranna Singha, the famous mid 19th century Bengali satire “The city of Calcutta is rocking at the sound of drums, the devotees are warming up, the blacksmiths are making all kinds of hooks”. The festival was known to the English in Calcutta as “hook swinging festival”. See more
Aquatint with etching by and after James Moffat (1775-1815), published at Calcutta in c1806

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2 comments on “Churrack Pooja, Calcutta, 1896

  1. Swagata Banerjee says:

    YOUR BLOG IS SUDDENLY OPENED TO ME & I FOUND IT A VERY NICE & USEFUL BLOG. SPECIALLY “PURANO KOLKATA” IS A SUBJECT WHICH ATTRACTS ME FOR A LONG TIME. I CANNOT FIND THE REQUIRED PHOTOS THOUGH THERE IS A GOOD COLLECTION OF CENTURY-WISE PHOTO GALLERY IN INTERNET. BUT SOMEHOW THE PICTURES MOSTLY ARE THE SAME . MR. MUKHOPADHYAY I AM THANKFUL TO YOU TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR CHARAK PUJA PHOTO.

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