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Durga Puja in Zambia



M.Tech (Applied Geology),
M.Tech (Mineral Exploration)

Head of Geology (Exploration)


Zambia is known to be a mineral rich country situated in the southern part of African Continent. For a long time many Indians, belonging to different communities migrated to Zambia with prestigious stint of Experts in directing and supervision of Copper Mines of Zambia. It would be perhaps difficult to imagine the absence of Bengali amidst such migrated Indians. Bengalis boast in a common saying that when three Bengalis are assembled, a Durga Puja will not be far behind. And thus began the Durga Puja at this “Copperbelt”. A few contiguous town like Kitwe, Ndola, Chingola Mufulira, Luansiya constitutes the “Copperbelt”

Durga puja was first started by Bengali community in the year 1985 at Kitwe Town. Although a large number of Bengalis came here and also returned to their homeland after a sojourn but the Durgapuja is uninterruptedly being organized for the last 28 years with same enthusiasm and endeavor, maintaining the rich Bengali culture and tradition. Till year 2006, Durgapuja was held at Kitwe Town. In 2007, a new Durga idol was bought from Kumartuli, Kolkata and puja was shifted to Chingola. Puja continued with the same Idol until 2011, when again a new idol of Goddess Durga made of fibre glass was brought from Kumartuli, West Bengal, India. The Durgapuja will continue till Dashami as per the Hindu rituals/customs, when all devotees offer prayer and it gloriously reflects the true Indian culture and other bondings.

During the Puja days, Chanting of Mantras, recitation of Chandi Slokas (Chandipath) on Maha Nabami evokes the spirit of the festival. Sharing the Bhog (Prasad) brings inexpressible joy to all of us. The mystique light of the burning pradeep, blended with the fragrance of scented sticks creates an aesthetic ambience and romanticism in the heart of youngstars.Married ladies remain busy with rubbing vermillion on forehead and chicks of each other whereas gents showering in Abir.

When all these will be over, suddenly the evening moment of adieu (immersion) will appear. Under the soft sunglow of the setting sun all aare drenched with the vermillion and colourful Abir will pray to Ma Durga- not to be separated- back to us again and again, remain in our heart annd bless everyone.

Copperbelt Durga Puja Committee

Article dated: Aug 2015


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