Laal Rang Ki Chunari Se Saja Maa Ka Darbar, Harshit Hua Man, Pulkit Hua Sansar, Nanhe-Nanhe Kadmo Se, Maa Aaye Aapke Dwar. The Navratris are nearly at an end. Tomorrow, all across North India crowds will assemble at sunset to watch Ravan meet his fiery end. Bengalis will be carrying the goddess toward the nearest flowing stream for visarjan. For the past week the Sector 47 Kali Bari and the Banga Bhavan in Sector 35 have seen thousands of devotees pour in every evening for the aarti followed by feasting, songs and dances.
Security was unobtrusive but nevertheless thick on the ground. Police, many in plain clothes, were stationed all around Kali Bari.
Especially for children, the nine day Durga Pooja celebrations, are a golden chance to display their talent.
For those who are not part of any performance, the festival with Ma Durga at the magnetic centre, reinforces a sense of identity and community.
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