Tree Before Immersion Tree Displayed Bathed in the Ganges


Emerging from the Ganges

Tree Dressed In the pale light of dawn, as drummers play, a priest holds a plaintain tree aloft before a crowd on the silty mud banks of the Ganges. Here, at Kola Bow at Airitolla Ghat, the small tree is carefully immersed in the waters, and thereby ritually made pure.

Thus begins Saptami and with it the ceremonial cycle of the Durga Puja has officially commenced. The tree, having been bathed, it is now dressed. The trunk and leaves are carefully wrapped in a faintly golden silk trimmed in deep red.

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