6 Lesser-Known Things About Rani Rashmonir Barir Pujo You Didn’t Know Of

Promita Mukherjee

October 2, 2019


1 min

1. She Didn’t Start It


The history of Kolkata is incomplete without the mention of Rani Rashmoni, based on whom the popular Bengali serial Rani Rashmoni, has been created. A famous philanthropist and the one who built the famous Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Rani Rashmoni is a character to reckon with. We bring you five interesting facts about her barir pujo, which is one of the famous bonedi barir pujos of Kolkata. We spoke to Surojit Hazra, one of the descendants of the family to find out more. Read on.

As opposed to popular belief, Rani Rashmoni did not start the Durga Puja at the Janbazar Estate. It was in fact started by her father-in-law Pritam Marh, which she and her husband continued.

2. The Tradition Continues


Post the death of Rani Rashmoni, it was her three daughters – Padmamani, Kumari and Jagadamba – who took the Puja to their portions of the mansion. Currently, it is the descendants of Jagadamba and her husband Mathuramohan Biswas, who are carrying on with the Durga Puja.

3. The Idol


One of the unique features of the Rani Rashmoni family puja is the size of the idol. The idol is ekchala, and is 13 feet tall – making it the tallest among idols of the traditional family pujas of Kolkata. Another thing that makes them stand out is that the faces of the idols are made by hand, without using a mould.

4. The Colours


Each of the idols of the gods and goddesses are painted in different colours in this traditional pujo. So the Durga idol is painted orange, Saraswati is white in colour and Lakshmi is yellow. On the other hand, Ganesh is painted pink and white and Kartik is light cream in colour. The Ashur is bottle green and the Lion is brown in colour. Daaker saaj is used as adornment.

5. It Begins Early


At the Janbazar Rajbari, Durga Puja begins on Pratipad. However, the idol worship starts only on Shashti like everywhere else.

6. Kumari Pujo


At the Janbazar Rajbari pujo, kumaris — or little girls — are worshipped on three days of Durga Puja, on Saptami, Ashtami and Nabami.

For more Durga Puja entertainment, watch Shubho Sharodiya on ZEE5.

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