Every bonedi barir Durga Pujo has a story to tell, the Durga Pujo in Shibpur RoyChowdhury family, considered to be one of the oldest Pujos in Howrah, is no different.
The Goddess appeared in Raja Rambramha RoyChowdhury’s dream and instructed the pious god-fearing zamindar to start Durga Pujo in his premises. And thus in 1685 started the Shibpur RoyChowdhury family’s Durga Pujo, a tradition that continues with pomp and splendour to this very day.
To know more about the Shibpur RoyChowdhurys and thier Durga Pujo, read this inspiring post by Subhadip.
The Shibpur RoyChowdhurys offer the Goddess an array of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies everyday, animal sacrifice is still practiced.
An interesting folklore suggests, unlike the Rajas and Zamindars who were subservient to the British, the Shibpur RoyChowdhurys had a scornful antipathy towards the colonial rulers. And their insistence that a white goat be sacrificed at the altar of the deity is steeped in symbolism.
Another highlight of the bhog is the offering of humble panta bhaat on Doshami, accompanied with a smorgasbord of bhaja.
The daughter shall be leaving for her husbands abode in far-flung Kailash, what other than soulful panta bhaat to be her last meal at home ?
In this post, I attempt to recreate Kolar Borar Payesh, an heirloom recipe of the Shibpur RoyChowdhurys, offered to the deity everyday during the Pujos, following the exact steps as shared by one of the members of the family.
Kolar borar Payesh. Banana and grated coconut fritters. Fried to a sinful golden and dipped in a delectable chaler payesh. Perfumed with green cardamom and bay leaves. Food heaven !!!
Heirloom recipe of the RoyChowdhurys of Shibpur.
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