It was in the year 1882 that solicitor Shyamal Dhon Dutta started the Durga Pujo in his Balaram Dey Street premises to celebrate the birth of his first grandson. 2019 marked the 138th year of the Pujo in the Dutta Bari, where the Goddess is still worshipped with the same splendour and pomp .
Pujo rituals here start from the Krishna Nobomi. Kumari Pujo is being held on Shoptomi, Oshtomi and Nobomi.
No animal sacrifice is practiced. And no annobhog is offered to the Goddess. Bhog is an array of decadent sweets and delectable savoury Items. Sweets include doi, narkel naru, goja , dorbesh, ledikeni among others. (The ledikeni offered for bhog is almost the size of a tennis ball, Arita, a scion of the Dutta family had regaled while sharing the recipe with me). Radhaballabhi, khasta kochuri , poddo nimki feature amidst the savoury delicacies offered to the deity.
Today in the eleventh and last of my posts of the Mahabhog series I recreate the Ledikeni, following the steps Aritra had detailed to me.
Ledikeni. Created by the legendary Bhim Chandra Nag in the honour of Lady Canning. A symphony of homemade chhana and khoya. Fried to a gorgeous golden. Soaked in a sinful sugar syrup. Divine !!!
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
9. Jorasanko Daw Barir Balushahi
10. Chorbagan Chatterjee Barir Niramish Chingri Malaikari
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