Saraswati Puja 2021

Venue: Online Time: 2/26/21 10:00 am - 2/26/21 10:00 pm Hosted By: HDBS

Click here to view Puja & Programs on the Houston Durgabari YouTube Channel!

Time Event
11:00 AM Haate Khori – Register now
11:30 AM Saraswati Puja – Registration is Open!
12:15 PM Puja Sankalpa – Click here to sign up
12:30 PM Anjali, Bhog & Arati
6:30 PM Sandhya Arati
7:00 PM
  • Cultural Programs
  • – 7:00 pm Bangla School Presentation
  • – 7:30 Kids’ Drama – Sukumar Ray’s Abak Jalpan
  • – 8:00 Kahoot Quiz Show
  • 8:29 BREAKING NEWS! Introduction of 2021 Puja Chair
  • – 8:30 Song de Basanti – a music and adda ensemble (ONE TIME VIEW ONLY)

Haate Khori – initiation of young ones to the world of knowledge

This year’s Saraswati Puja will also continue the tradition of Haate Khori – the ceremonial introduction to the world of learning.

Haate Khori Registration is now LIVE! Please access the link below for Haate Khori registration

Due to the pandemic, this year’s Haate Khori will be conducted online. Similar to e-Anjali, the registrants will be able to follow instructions to perform Haate Khori. Access to live media (YouTube) will be needed.

Puja Committee will arrange to ship slate and pencil to individual registrant’s home addresses. Puja Committee will also communicate with the registrants and provide other relevant information.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 10th to receive slate and pencil. Participants will have to make their own arrangements for registrations after this date.

Any questions, please reach out to

Temple Volunteering

The Puja Committee would like to thank community members who have expressed an interest in volunteering for this year’s Saraswati Puja. Please note that we have received numerous requests (more than available slots) and are not accepting any more requests at this time.

While we are grateful to all those who came forward, given the currently elevated pandemic situation, we will have to work with the bare minimum number of volunteers. We will make a final selection of volunteers based on the established criteria of prioritizing year-long volunteers.

We look forward to seeing all of you, digitally, on Friday, February 26th.

Cultural Programs

 Bangla School Team Presentation

This Saraswati Puja, the students of Bangla School will perform “Jeno Swapna Dekhi Duar Khule “. Adapted by our teacher Sushmita Acharjee, it is a magical journey of children through Rabindranath’s Sahaj Path. The verses take the children through a dream and when the journey ends, they realize that they have left their childhood behind.

Kids’ Drama

HDBS Kalabhavan ‘Elocution & Drama’ Department and the local kids’ drama group ‘Kisholoy’ will proudly present the famous Bengali playwright Sukumar Ray’s masterpiece ‘Abak Jalpan’ in this year’s Saraswati Pujo.

The play revolves around the communication gap due to the misinterpretation of words, where a thirsty traveler seeks water from the villagers he comes across. Directed by Rupchhanda Ghosh, the play features thirteen promising and enthusiastic learners of the above-mentioned groups.

Kahoot Quiz Show – THE Battle of Brains!

Continuing our tradition of Quiz during Saraswati Puja – the battle of brains! Led by Jhilmil Hatty and Soubhadra Sarkar, our enthusiastic 2nd Generation is hosting a Kahoot Quiz Show for ages 11 to 18 years. Prizes will be awarded to top contestants!

Our enthusiastic 2nd Generation is hosting a Kahoot Quiz Show for Saraswati Puja and we are calling for active participation for ages 11 to 18 years. Interested participants may please email with student name, age, and contact info by January 30th. Prizes will be awarded to top contestants!

Song de Basanti – an ensemble of music and adda on the occasion of Saraswati Pujo

The show is scripted and directed by famous singer-lyricist, film director and actor Anindya Chatterjee with musical performances by Rupankar, Madhubanti, Upal, Pousali, Anindya, and Prashmita.  The MC for this highly captivating presentation of about 1 & ½ hours show is Rini (of Aakash Aat fame).

It is a syndicated show to be streamed only once on February 26th (no HDBS YouTube versions to be available after the show) – you will not want to miss it!

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