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Durga Puja - The Hindu festival of Mother Goddess

Updated on October 22, 2012

Image of Goddess Durga Idol

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Durga Puja is also known as Dusshera and Navratri

Durga Puja is a Hindu festival of Mother Goddess, celebrated with enthusiasm, devotion and passion. The festival is celebrated for 10 days during the season of Autumn with grandeur, gaiety and splendor in India. The grand celebration of the festival of Durga Puja can be seen in the state of West Bengal and also the rest of India. The festival is also known as Dusshera and Navratri. In Bengal it is known as ‘Durga Puja’. Bengalee speaking people all over the World gather together to celebrate this annual festival where ever in the World, they might be. It is a time of getting emotionally attached with one’s community, rituals, sentiments, customs and traditions.

Mahishasuramardini Stotram is one of the most popular bhajans dedicated to Goddess Durga and is believed to have been composed by Adi Shankaracharya.

Goddess Durga- The Universal Mother.

Hindus regard Goddess Durga as the Universal Mother. She represents the infinite power of femininity as a Mother, creator and protector. The 10 days festival is dedicated to worship the divine mother. Worship of the divine Mother energizes devotees with blessings in the form of happiness, peace, prosperity, wisdom and spiritual knowledge. She removes all the hurdles,difficulties, pains and fears from the mind of her children.

Universal Mother

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Durga Puja- A Social festival

The festival of Durga Puja in Bengal is not just a religious festival It is more about social gathering shedding off the barriers of caste, creed, religion and colour. All are equal in this festival. The festival belongs to everyone. The most significant aspect of this festival is that it is a community festival where the entire community gathers together to reconnect with each other and spread the message of equality and brotherhood.

A documentary film on Durga Puja

The beauty of Kolkata during Durga Puja

The city of Kolkata and also all other parts of India decks up with magnificent pandals, beautifully and artistically crafted idols of Goddess Durga, chanting of hymns by the priests, loud music, bright lights and ofcourse the wide display of various food talls complete the picture of fanfare. The idols of Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Sarawati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya are made with clay. It takes nearly 6 months for the artisans to complete the idols giving them the shape and expressions as prescribed in the Hindu scriptures.

Kolkata- The most happening place during Durga Puja

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