One of the first rituals of Durgapuja is of the Kola Bou. It is the “Kola Bou Snan”. Kola Bou: Popularly known as the wife of God Ganesha. The alternative story says, she is the manifestation of Maa Durga. It is a young banana tree, draped in a white saree with red border. Like the Bengali bride sports vermilion on the parting of her hair, the Kola Bou does the same. Haridas Mitra, saya that the Kola bou is intended to serve as a symbolic summary of the nine types of leaves (“Nava Patrika”) that together form the sacred complex on Durga Puja. The officiating priests who carry out the ceremony tie a bunch of eight plants on the trunk of the plantain tree and it is the grouping of all nine plants that constitute the Kola bou. According to Martin-Dubost, the Kola bou does not represent a bride or shakti of Ganesha, but rather is the plant form of Durga.