Extinct Ritual of Bengal: The Miniver of Menarche

“On a contrary, we celebrate menstrua festival of Maa Kamakhshya during “Ambubachi”. We feel blessed to attend the menstrua ritual of Bhuu Devi(the goddess Earth), believed as the wife of Lord Jagannath in Odisha. But we act in a different way with our own daughters.” An article on Menarche Festival in Bengali Folk Culture and its significance by Dr. Swapankumar Thakur and transcreated in English by Sunita Jash.

Bhanjo Broto : The Folk Ritual Of Bengal

eligious ritual practices (Broto) form inseparable part of the lives of women in Bengal throughout the year. These are not just to keep them engaged in their otherwise humdrum existence. These holy ritual-intensive practices do in fact reflect deeper truths of great social significance. An article on Bhanjo Broto by Koushik RoyChowdhury and Trancreated in English by Gautam Guha.

Soyla Festival of Bankura

In an age when befriending and unfriending is just a matter of a few seconds, courtesy to our social media, it is indeed rare to find an occasion, a festival per say where people take vows of everlasting friendship ceremoniously. Yes,it is such an occasion where two persons join hands together to embark on the sojourn of their new buddyhood, solemnising it before God. An article written by Indrani Sen and transcreated in English by Arnab Chatterjee.

Identity, Development and Marginalization: A Journey Through Tribal Life

Gouranga Chattopadhyay preferred to call these ethnic communities as ‘Fringe Communities’ with the argument that ‘Certain communities in India have tended to stay on the fringes of the Indian society, in terms of participation in the economic, political and ritual structures, for as long as history takes us back…

“Identity, Development and Marginalization: A Journey Through Tribal Life” by Kakali Chakrabarty

Marriage Ceremony Of Dharmaraja

Dharmaraja is one of the primordial folk Gods of Bengal. Rituals of worshiping Dharmaraja is very own culture of folk Bengal. Mahamopadhyay Haraprasad Sastri was the one who enlightened Dharmaraja to the elite society. According to him, Dharmaraja was the counterpart of Lord Buddha and the origin of Dharmaraja was from Buddhism’s Triratna (Buddha, Dharma […]

Buraraj Temple of Jamalpur, East Burdwan

Shyamal Kumar Ghosh ” ‘Buro’ from ‘Buro Shiva’ and ‘Raj’ of ‘Dharmaraj’, together with ‘Buroraj’ . Usually by adding ‘Nath’ or ‘Iswar’ is common in this country, not with ‘Raj’. Jamalpur has got it because there are two gods together has become folk deities for the people there.” -Binoy Ghosh There is a railway station, […]