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Hatkhola Dutta Bari family Durga puja is more than two centuries old and still continues without interruption . Presently there are three pujas held in homes of different shoriks or clans . Haatkhola Dutta once boasted of the most phenomenal and luxurious Durgotsavs in the city of Calcutta . No one but the Brahmin priests are entitled to touch the idol once she is seated on the platform for worship .The pratima is unique 'Muttchowree' styled. The family still tries to maintain similarity in the pratimas of all three households . They are one of the few houses of the city which still preserve the original 'khaas bangla' mould of the face . Realeasing of neelkantha bird during Vijaya Dashami was an old tradition which had to stopped a couple of years back due to new rules . The family also celebrates Kali puja . Tradition has it that the married ladies of the house do the farewell 'boron' during Durga puja and unmarried girls do it on Kali puja .Rathayatra festival of this famiIy was also a spectacle to behold , Presently . trying conditions have forced them to retract the ritual to a modest scale . Duttas were one of the very few families of old Calcutta which did not resort to appeasing British offlcials to create wealth and fame for themselves . There are no dancing halls in this house . There were no balls or parties and no nautches held during Durga puja to appease white shahibs . But even then , members from this family held extremely important positions of office in Colonial times and were widely respected throughout India. The family also produced countless advocates , doctors and men of repute . Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was born to the daughter ( His mother Prabhavati) of this family . Kedarnath Dutta. Now the family has entered into its 30th generatlon although The wealth , fame and prestige of yesteryears no longer exist.
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classic scene with one of over 300,000 Theravada Buddhist monks here in Thailand. traditionally, males from a Buddhist family are required to become a monk by the age of 20, but not all of them see it through