Navratri festivities have kick-started in Kolkata already, with folks celebrating Shubho Mahalaya on Tuesday morning. Mahalaya is celebrated to usher in Pujo, as it is called by Bengalis. From Mahalaya, the countdown to Mahasaptami begins. Social media is flocked with wishes and images from the festivities around the country. Among one such image, there was this picture which stole millions of hearts on social media. 400 people came together in Kolkata to create a huge ‘Rangoli’ or ‘Alpona’. The Rangoli is so huge that it covered an entire street.
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Alpona was unveiled by Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, as a part of a corporate initiative.
"This was unveiled by Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee amidst the foot-tapping beats of Dhak and mystical sounds of the shank on this auspicious day of Mahalaya," reads a Facebook post.
The Rangoli was created on the stretch of 1.4 km of the Lake Road. The pictures of the gorgeous creation was shared widely on social media. At first glance, it would like an application transforming the streets into graffiti art. But on looking closely, you’ll know that this isn’t a work of technology, but a set of skilled artists.
The breathtaking pictures of the place will make you pack your bags at once and leave for Kolkata. For such beauty, it is worth to spend 9 nine days in the capital of West Bengal during Navratri.
Parliamentarian Derek O’Brein also shared the video of Alpona, writing, “Kolkata getting into the Pujo mood already. Lake Road. See what college students did. Wow”.
Durga Puja or Pujo festival will mark its beginning on 21st September 2017 and the city has already geared up to make the festival more memorable than ever. It is celebrated to mark the victory of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. Pandals are set up and feast is served all around the city.
Isn’t this culture way too beautiful? Painting the city with love and joy!