Day 6: Dashami
Almost as though it were a case study, I hovered obsessively around the Bagbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsab. I have forever wondered how they manage to manoeuvre that huge protima out of the pandal and take it for immersion. Now, after several hours and much sweating and rushing, camera in tow, I know. I can also state with some authority, it is something that everyone should experience. Preceded by about 50 people from various band parties, and a bulldozer which moved trees (sorry tree huggers, for that!) the protima made its way towards Shyambazar Mod, and slowly and steadily to the bigger ghat, abandoning its own tiny ghat. There were thousands of people on the street, in front and behind the protima. Ocassionally the people in front would have to dodge flying batashas being thrown at them as prasad by the people standing in front of the protima!
Here is a photographic recapitulation of the entire affair: