Scripture Reading


Procession to the Pandal

Drummer on the Ganges On a wooden dock beside the slow moving, silt laden waters of the Ganges, a priest lights a candle, a stick of incense and rings a small brightly polished bell. He reads from scripture, and the the tree is prepared for its short journey.

As the dawn brightens into day, the priest leads a procession from the riverside past train yards, factories and shops, carrying the shrouded tree on his shoulder, accompanied close behind by a band of drummers and trumpeters. Audio 2:23

The priest will lead this procession to one of the many pandals constructed across Calcutta for the Durga Puja. Saptami Procession Once inside, he will install the tree on the dias at the right side of Sri Ganesh.

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