Durga Puja – Surul Rajbari

Durga Puja - Surul Rajbari by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy
Durga Puja – Surul Rajbari, a photo by Somnath Mukherjee Photoghaphy on Flickr.

The Surul rajbari is famous for its Durga Puja, and for its 18th century temples, which have terracotta carvings depicting scenes from the Ramayan, puranas, besides sundry ladies and gentlemen dressed in Western clothes.The Durga Puja started by Srinivas continues to this day, albeit in a truncated form. The Santhals, who used to perform in the dalan in their traditional outfit on Nabami, no longer visit. The section of the verandah overlooking the dalan that once used to be cordoned off for the ladies of the house during the Pujas became a gender-neutral space ever since women got used to standing side by side with men.