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The four day long durga puja has come to an end. Several emotional and ritualistic customs take place on Bijoya Dashami (the last day of the Pujas) before the idol of goddess Durga is taken for immersion. One such colorful and emotional custom is Sindoor Khela - The Game of Vermillion. This custom is practiced exclusively by the married women. Before the idol of Durga leaves for immersion they put sweet on the lips of the clay idol and wipe the corner of the eyes as someone wipes off the tears before bidding goodbye for a long time. Vermilion which is a symbol of marital bliss is applied on the forehead of the Goddess and among each other. The vermilion powder is applied at the parting of womens hair which symbolizes the strengthening the marital bond. The vermillion is also applied on the red and white traditional bangles and on the loha which is an iron bangle interlaced with gold or silver, presented to the bride by her mother in law as an acknowledgement of marriage. All these rituals are performed along with the friends and family, though every one can not take part in it but it is a wonderful experience to witness this living theatre of color, life and emotion. This photograph was taken at a famous puja gathering which is very traditional in every respect.

Camera: Canon Powershot A550

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