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Home Decor | 16-10-2023

The Aristocratic Splendour of Durga Puja : A Glimpse into Traditional Elegance

Durga Puja, the grand celebration of Goddess Durga's triumph over evil, is a festival of immense significance in West Bengal, India. While the city of Kolkata is renowned for its elaborate pandals (temporary temples) and extravagant decorations, there's a lesser-known but equally enchanting aspect to the festival— Durga Puja hosted by the aristocratic houses popularly known as “Bonedi Bari”.

As the name suggests these households have been preserving the age-old traditions of the festival with utmost grandeur and elegance. In this blog, we'll delve into the enchanting world of Durga Puja decorations of aristocratic houses of Kolkata, which combines history, culture, and artistic finesse.

Old Heritage Building

1. Rich Cultural Heritage

Bonedi Baris, or ancestral homes, often boast impressive architecture that forms the backdrop for Durga Puja celebrations. These grand buildings, characterized by ornate pillars, terracotta designs, and spacious courtyards, serve as the canvas for elaborate decorations.

Home painted with red color covered by trees

2. Traditional Color Palette

One of the defining features of Bonedi Barir Durga Puja is the adherence to traditional themes and decorations. These families take great pride in preserving and showcasing their cultural roots. The color palette for Bonedi Barir Durga Puja decorations is often rooted in tradition. Vibrant colors like red, green, and gold dominate the decor. These hues symbolize auspiciousness, prosperity, and the divine power of the goddess.

Classic colours like 5125 (Take the Stage ), 5106 ( P.O. Red ), 3476 ( Ancient Tale), 5285 ( Monsoon Grass ) along with the Gold shade available in Halo Gold and Aquaglo Gold from the JSW Paints offerings are symbolic of the embellishment of this occasion.

Heritage home in white color

3. Antique Décor

Decorative pieces and artefacts from the past play a crucial role in the decor of these ancestral homes. Be it the entrance of the homes beautifully decorated with intricate alpana (traditional floor art) and rangoli designs or the vintage lanterns, chandeliers, brassware, and old paintings used to recreate an aura of a bygone era. These elements not only serve as a warm welcome but also as an artistic expression of devotion.

Durga MaaRangoli Designs

4. Artistic Wall Hangings

The walls of these ancestral homes are adorned with artistic wall hangings and paintings that narrate stories from Hindu mythology or depict scenes from Durga Puja celebrations of the past. These artworks serve as a visual connection to the family's history and cultural heritage.

vintage lanterns

5. Exquisite Floral Decorations

Fresh flowers are a central element of Bonedi Barir Durga Puja decorations. Marigolds, lotus flowers, and roses are commonly used to create stunning garlands and floral arrangements that enhance the ambiance with their fragrance and beauty.

Flowers petals

Bonedi Barir Durga Puja is a living testament to the cultural heritage and traditions of West Bengal. It offers a unique and enchanting perspective on the festival, where each aspect of decoration and celebration is carefully preserved and passed down through generations. It's not just a religious festival but also a celebration of history, art, and the enduring spirit of heritage. For those fortunate enough to witness or participate in Bonedi Barir Durga Puja, it's a journey back in time, a glimpse into the grandeur of the past, and a beautiful celebration of the present. However with the changed times, today Durga Puja is not only celebrated in “Bonedi Baris” but also in communities across the globe where the attempt is to recreate the grandeur of Bengali culture, art & heritage .

JSW Paints wishes you a happy & colourful festive season.

Aarti Diya

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