2019 marks the 160th anniversary of the Durga Pujo in the Daw family of Jorasanko. Narasingha Chandra Daw, a prosperous merchant and leading gunmaker started this Pujo at his premises in 1859, a practice that continues to this day with the same pomp and splendour.
A unique ritual of this Durga Pujo is the cannon salute to the deity during sondhipujo (and its the same cannon that has been used since 1859) and a gun salute to her on Doshomi before immersion.
The Daws of Jorasanko adhere to Vaishnava rituals for the Pujo. There’s no animal sacrifice practiced and there is no annobhog offered to the deity. Bhog thus is a delectable array of sweets, khaja, goja, pantua, lyangcha, balushahi to name but a few. Makha Sandesh is must for the Oshtomi bhog.
Today in the ninth post of my Mahabhog series, I recreate Balushahi, following the detailed steps shared with me by Mrs Sulagna daw, a daughter-in-law of the Daw family.
I am immensely grateful to Mr Abir Daw and Mrs Sulagna Daw for allowing me to share this recipe.
Balushahi. Ghee-laden flour dough balls. Fried patiently to a gorgeous golden. Perfumed with saffron. Dipped into a sugar syrup. Decadent !!
If you are keen to learn what is served to the deity in the various bonedi barir Pujo as part of their bhog, do stay tuned for more !!
And if you haven’t already, here’s my posts on what’s in the bhog offered to Maa Durga.
1. Shibpur RoyChowdhury Barir Kolar Borar Payesh
2. Sabarna Roy Choudhury Barir Pui Chingri
3. Chorbagan Chatterjee Barir Niramish Bhetki Maacher Ghonto
4. Bhawanipur Nandan Barir Chandrapuli
5. Girish Bhawan er Chhanar Kalia
6. Rani Rashmoni Barir Perakir Payesh
7. Shovabazar Rajbarir Pokanno
8. Sheorafuli Rajbarir Rajeshwari
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