The erstwhile French colony of Chandernagore (or Chandannagar) on the banks of the river Hooghly has nurtured a unique festival of Goddess Jagaddhatri in late autumn with the tallest of idols reaching the height up to 35 feet since the mid-eighteenth century.
Jagaddhatri, meaning the saviour of the universe is another form of the Goddess Durga who comes to save mankind from the demonic reign of the Asuras or evil spirits. The interesting aspect of this festival is that the traditional ornamentation and painting style of the Goddess has remained the same over the years with the use of the Shola (pith) and Daaker Saaj being an integral part till the present day. Several craftsmen over the years have created lighting decorations during the four days of the festival concluding with the elaborate immersion procession that spoke of its grandeur globally and thereby spreading its glory to various parts of the world where such work has been exhibited.
In this virtual walk, we will guide you through the streets and lanes of Chandernagore and highlight several aspects of the festival as to how it began, what was its cultural significance particularly during its initial days, facets of folk art and culture associated with it, the grandeur of the festival particularly concerning its lighting decorations etc during the night long immersion procession, attitude of the French rulers who controlled the town for a prolonged period towards this festival, spiritual aspect of this festival and most importantly the impacts that the global pandemic has had on this festival. Do join us for this experience!
The walk will be conducted in English
The walk will be conducted via Zoom. Participation link will be shared with all those who have registered 12 hours before the tour via email. Please check your Spam folder in case you have not received the link or get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries.
Timing: 19:00-21:00 (IST) | 13:30-15:30 (UK) | 8:30-10:30 (US-Eastern)
Walk Leader: Shoubhik Bandyopadhyay