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66 Palli Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee


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Name of the Puja / Club : 66 Palli Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee
Commonly known as : 66 Palli
Puja Type : Sarbojanin (Barowari)
Inaugural Year : 1951
Zone : South Kolkata
Address : 14A, Nepal Bhattacharjee Street,
Kolkata – 700 026.
Locality / Landmark : Behind Rashbehari Gurudwara
City : Kolkata
State : West Bengal
Pincode / Zipcode : 700 026
Country : India
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The first ostentatious worship of Goddess Durga in history had been celebrated in the late 1500s. Folklores say the landlords of Dinajpur and Malda initiated the first Durga Puja in Bengal. According to another source, Raja Kangshanarayan of Taherpur or BhabanandaMazumdar of Nadiya organized the first Sharadiya or Autumn Durga Puja in Bengal in 1606.

The derivation of the barowari puja can be credited to the twelve friends of Guptipara in Hoogly, West Bengal, who collaborated and collected aid from local residents to conduct the first barowari puja called the 'baro-yaari' puja or the 'twelve-pal' puja in 1790. The baro-yaari puja was brought to Kolkata in 1832 by Raja Harinath of Cossimbazar, who performed the Durga Puja at his ancestral home in Murshidabad from 1824 to 1831.

We, the people of India followed the tradition of brotherhood from ages. Following this tradition some persons united and established “66 Palli Sarbojonin Durgotsab Committee”

It was started in the year 1951. That time Late Dr. Sailendra Nath Das was the President and Late Shri Prasad Das Mukherjee was the Secretary. They both were the first President and Secretary accordingly. Shri Pronab Kr Mukherjee, Shri Arun Kumar Dutta, Late Shri Sashanko Shekhar Chakroborty, Late. Shri Tarak Nath Halder, Shri Debobroto Das, Shri Sachin Bhattacharya, Late Shri Sachin Mukherjee, Late Shri Dulal Mukherjee, Late Shri Sadhan Chandra Das, Late Shri Pashupati Sarkar, Late Shri Rajeswar Chakroborty, Late Shri Ashok Kumar Manna, Late. Shri Dilip Bose, Shri Basudeb Chakroborty, Shri Ghosto Gopal Pal and many others were the first members of the club. They altogether united and created this cultural miracle known as Durga Puja. Because of these respected persons 66 Palli Sarbojonin Durgotsab Committee is known to the society for its unique celebration of Durga Puja festival.

For the first two years the puja was held in the name of “Chaitali Sangha” i.e. in 1951 and 1952. From 1953 onwards it has been named as “66 Palli Sarbojonin Durgotsab Commttiee” after the name of 66 ward.

In the year 1951, the durga pratima (idol) was bought from Potua para for just Rs.80. The decoration was done by Moti Decorator and the dasakarma was done by Shri Jugal Pal. The whole puja was completed for just Rs.1000 approximately.

In 1953 and 1954 the Durga Idol was made by Shri B.Paul (Beleghata) and then onwards its been prepared by Shri Krishna Paul from (Kumartuli) until it was handed over to Shri Arun Pal (Potua Para). From 2004 we came into the arena of so called “Theme Puja” with “KhuditoPashan” a marvelous creation of Shri Sanjit Ghosh. Next year in 2005 he came with a mind blowing idea & created “Saktisthal” a chain of temples with various gods & godessess in the lap of mountain. This year we became the best puja in Kolkata by bagging 18 various awards like Snowcem’s Serar Sera, Anandabazar’s Sera Pratima, Sera Theme, Sera Paribesh, Sonic, Rupa, Finolex, Statesman & many more. Last year we present Jute the only medium through which we depicted the story of the journey of Godess Durga with her four children from heaven to earth. Still now we have kept & lift up the expectation of the visitors, in future also we will maintain the same.

From the year 1951, 66 Palli Sarbojonin Durgotsab Committee has started post puja festival by commencing ‘Jalsa and Jatra’. In the first two years Jalsa was held and then from 1953 to 1976 Jatra was the most hit and happening formula for the Post Puja celebrations. The first Jatra was done by ShriTapan Kumar. Pioneered street concerts in 50’s with renowned artists like Pandit Allarakha, Roshan Kumari, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan & many others.

Because of all this respected persons, today ‘66 Palli’ is standing like a colossus in celebrating Durga Puja every year.. For the last 10 years 66 palli is one of the crowd puller puja in Kolkata. It is situated in Rashbehari the centre of Gariahat , Kalighat& New Alipore. It pulled all the visitors of the renowned pujas of those areas. About 10000 foot falls per hour throughout the day.

Now the club is associated with IFSD and regularly organizing various charitable & social programs like Blood donation camp, Healthcheck up camp Regular contribution to the relief fund, Schools for the street children etc. which constantly benefiting the society.

This gala festival will continue to be celebrated by 66 Palli as long as there is brotherhood and love among mankind……………….

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