Gajan

Gajan

Gajan-A folk festival of Bengal In Bengali it is said that “Baro Mase tero parbon” (There are thirteen festival in twelve months). Gajan is one of the folk festivals celebrated mostly in West Bengal and few parts of Orissa. Siva, Neel, Dharmathakur such deities are in associates with Gajan festival. Theme: The main theme of the Gajan festival is deriving satisfaction through non-sexual pain, devotion and sacrifice. Time Span: People celebrate this festival mainly on the last two days of the month of Chaitra. This period is known as Chaitra Sankranti. (14th March of every year) Where to go: Kolkata Patuapara, Kalighat: Here devotees dressed up as Siva, Parvati and Krishna. How to go: Reach Hazra Crossing then walk towards Alipore along with Hazra Road. After a while you will reach Patua Para. Nearest Metro Station: Jatin Das Park. Chatu Babu Latu Babu Bajar, Girish Park: Here devotees hang from ‘Charak Tree’ and they are tied with ropes and cloths. How to go: From Girish Park start walking towards Sovabazar. After few minutes of walking take right on Ramdulal Sarkar Street. You will find a market on your right side. Inside the market there is a big open area where Gajan takes place. Nearest Metro Station: Girish Park Budwan Krishnadevpur: If you wish to experience total essence of Gajan festival then this a right place for you. Here devotees dressed up as ‘Sang’. From Siva to Mahisasur you will find everyone here. Nearest Railway Station : Bhagnapara. How to go: Take a train from Howrah/Sealdah get down either at Ambika Kalna or Bhagnapara. From there take local van, rickshaw,...