Before getting into the details of the celebration of Durga Puja in a traditional way let us look back and find out the tradition of Durga Puja. Ramchandra wanted the blessing of Durga before getting into the war Ravana for rescuing Sita from Lanka. Durga Puja was to be done with 108 blue lotus amongst which Rama could gather only 107. He offered one of his eyes to Durga which looked like a blue lotus. Then the worship started from Saptami and ended up in Dashami when Ravana got killed by Ramchandra's warship was different from the conventional one and henceforth known as Akaal Bodhan. These days Akal bodhan is celebrated as traditional Durga Puja by everybody with a lot of grandura.
Durga Puja is most widely celebrated the festival in West Bengal irrespective of social status and religion. Ladies who prefer attires other than sari would prefer wearing sarees for five days of Durga Puja. Now different sarees are required to wear on different days of Puja. The wide range of sarees are available in showrooms and boutiques to cater to different type of people in the state. The demand for dhakai jamdani saree (muslin and cotton) banarasi silk saree and different type of handloom sarees are very high for this festival in our country.
First handloom sarees are very chosen ones which ladies would like to wear for the first two days of Durga Puja. Handloom sarees are a textile art of India which is very much related to economic development of the country. It takes two to three time for the completion of one saree. It could be of cotton or silk thread. This is also one of the cottage industries of our country. During the first two days of Puja when ladies dress up in handloom sarees and visit Puja pandal, everybody feels proud of tradition and culture of the country.
The third day of Durga Puja is called 'Ashtami' which is the most important day of Durga Puja. There is a belief the Mother Durga opens her eyes when the conjoining moment of Ashtami and Nabami day comes up. Now that is the day when every lady would love to wear a very gorgeous saree to be present in front of Durga Mother at puja enclosure. This the day they wear banarasi silk saree though there is no rule made like that banarasi saree is originally a product of Banaras which is in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It has got many varieties like brocade, zardosi, tussar and so on. Floral design with vibrant colors is most appreciated by the wearer. It is mostly of silk material and has a zari border. Ladies look really very classy and gorgeous when they come to Puja pandal to celebrate Durga Puja wearing Banarasi sarees.
Dhakai jamdani (muslin and cotton) originated from the place called Dhaka which is at present the capital of Bangladesh. This traditional type of saree is normally with full of design which is a combination of resham / cotton thread and zari work. This is super light in weight and a fusion ancient cloth making technique of Bengal perhaps 2000 years old and muslin since the 14th century. At present many makers in West Bengal wearing out stunning collections of dhakai jamdani sarees locator for the ongoing demand of this type of sarees during the season of Durga Puja. Especially on Dashmi day which is the last day of Durga Puja, there is an event when married ladies play with sindoor after bidding farewell to goddess Durga (on immersion day) they would all love to wear dhakai jamdani saree with the white and red combination. This creates a very spectacular sight as we all have seen in one of the Hindu film named "Kahani".
A celebration is very much a part of social life of a human being. Durga Puja comes as a 'signature celebration' in our country when especially ladies come in front of Durga goddess wearing beautiful attire like handloom, banarasi, and dhakai jamdani sarees.All these leave a very memorable impression for all participants and generates expectation of same type of celebration for the coming year.