A Religious Festivals
DURGA PUJA : It is a Hindu festival usually held in the first week of October. It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, of Goddess Durga and her lion killing the demon Mahishasura. It is held for five days during which people visit the various pandals and make merry. The state is on official holiday for four days. on the last day, called Vijaya Dashami, the idols of the Goddess and her four children are immersed in water. People visit relatives and friends and distribute sweets.
KALI PUJA : This is a traditional Bengali festival usually celebrated in the first week of November. Goddess Kali is worshipped at night and the city is lit up. It corresponds with the Hindu festival of Diwali.
SARASWATI PUJA : This is done to worship Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning. Books are worshipped by students.
DOL YATARA UTSAV :This is the Bengali equivalent of Holi. It celebrates Lord Krishna and the onset of spring.
RATH YATRA : A chariot of Lord Jaganath is taken out in a long procession with mush fanfare by the ISKCON group.
EID : There are two eids, Eid-ul-Fitr or “the little feast” and Eid-ul-Adha or “the big feast” which celebrate the end of the month of fasting called Ramadan and the sacrifice of the son of Prophet Ibrahim in the name of Allah.
CHRISTMAS : The Anglo – Indian community celebrate Christmas in a big way in Kolkata with a beautiful service at
NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL : the biggest annual event in the field of Indian Theatre. It was first held in 1984 as a celebration of the silver jubilee of the Nadikar group, who are its organisers.
BENGALI NEW YEAR : “Poila Boishakh” is celebrated on April 15 when people give friends and relatives gifts and sweets alongwith greetings. Numerous cultural programmes are organised throughout the city.
ENGLISH NEW YEAR : the night of 31st December is widely celebrated in Kolkata. Every hotel, terrace and open ground has its own party. Thousands also congreggate on
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Kolkata is well connected with all the major cities by road, air and railways.
By Air :
Chowringhee is the center of most airline offices. One and only airport is " Netaji Subash Chnadra International Airport" and it is situated at DUM DUM.Kolkata is well connected by air to all major countries in the world, as well as to Indian cities. The air carriers that have flights to and from the city include Aeroflot, Air France, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International.
By Train :
There are many comfortable trains available from Kolkata to other places mainly operating from Howrah station. Kolkata is the Divisional HQs of two zones of Indian Railways .So a number of train services are available from here. Trains are available from all parts of the country to Kolkata. Most inward bound trains stop at Howrah, which is also the station from which major trains to other cities depart. Since Howrah and Sealdah are at a distance from each other, please remember to check which station you need you board your train from, when you buy your ticket! RAJDHANI EXPRESS leaves from Howrah and as well as Sealdah also.
And I will post the train schedule and train at a glance in my next post.
(Howrah Station )
( Early Morning at Sealdah Station )
By Road :
There are many well connected main road at Kolkata to the major Indian cities. Like Delhi Road, Bombay Road etc.
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In religion, India is the only millionaire......the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.
Mark Twain (American Author, 1835-1910)
Some Words About India
The decline of the Guptas, in North India, and the consequent rise of a large but ineffective number of regional powers made the political situation very fluid and unstable by the ninth century AD. This paved the way for the Muslim invasion into India during the early half of the eleventh century. These were felt in the form of seventeen successive raids to North India, made by Mahmud of Ghazni between 1001 and 1025. These raids effectively shattered the balance of power in North India allowing subsequent invaders to claim the territory for themselves. However the next Muslim ruler to invade India achieved the establishment of foreign rule in India, in its truesense. This Mahmud of Ghauri attacked India and after some futile resistance by the local leadership was able to successfully lay the foundation of a foreign empire in India. Under him, large parts of India came under Muslim rule and very soon his successor Qutub - ud - Aibak became the first of the sultans of Delhi. His was followed by the rule of the Khaljis and Tughlaq, also known as the rule of the Delhi Sultanate, who ruled over a large portion of North India and parts of south India till until the coming in of the Lodis andSayyids and after them the Mughals who established, what came to be known as the most vibrant era of Indian History.
Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, and Aurangzeb were some of the most prominent rulers of the Mughal dynasty. Although the Mughal’s heyday was relatively brief, their empire was massive, covering, at its height, almost the entire Indian subcontinent. Its significance was not only in its size, however. The Mughal emperors presided over a golden age of arts and literature and had a passion for building, which resulted in some of the greatest architecture in India. In particular, Shah Jahan’s Taj Mahal at Agra ranks as one of the wonders of the world This apart, the large number of forts, palaces, gates, buildings, mosques, baolis (watertank or well) gardens, etc., forms the cultural heritage of the Mughals in India. The Mughals were also instrumental in establishing one of the most efficient administrative setups in India. Most noteworthy being their revenue administration, the characteristics of which form the basics of the revenue and land reform laws in India till date.The decline of the Mughals saw the corresponding rise of Marathas in western India. In other parts of India, however a new trend of foreign invasion under the garb of commercial links had started from the fifteenth century AD onwards - first, with the arrival and gradual takeover of Goa by the Portugese led by Vasco da Gama -between 1498 and 1510 AD; and then with the arrival, and the setting up of the first trading post at Surat, in Gujrat, by the East India Company.
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