About the picture



PUJA means worship and SARASWATI is the name of the goddess of learning. In Bengal and in most other states of India she is revered by students and worshipped on the advent of spring.

She is depicted as sitting on a swan with the string musical instrument the veena on her left hand and a book on her right. Her complexion is white (purity) and she is adorned with white flowers.

The image is from a painting by the noted artist Shri Ramananda Chattopadhyay.


Legend tells us that in the olden days when the evil forces (Asuras) had taken over heaven and banished the gods into the wilderness, the gods created a 10-handed
super-goddess (Durga) and endowed her with their special powers. She vanquished the demons and gave back to the gods their rightful place in heaven.

Each autumn in Bengal and the rest of India, when the fields are ripe with their bounty we praise this mother goddess and celebrate the victory of good over evil.

On the background you can hear the sound of the drums (dhaks)
that are integral to the puja.

In 2013 the days of worship are October 11 - 14


Night Queen


This cactus plant lies dormant in our roof garden most of the year. Then something wonderful happens in early April after Easter. Small white buds sprout mysteriously and from each a gorgeous flower emerges for a single night. The next morning it shrivels and dies. We don't know its botanical name - but to our family it is the Night Queen!
Do you know its name?
Taken Apr 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm.


Author's Name: Dr. Dipak R. Sarbadhikari
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Updated: 15 Apr 2013

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