West Bengal (Durga Puja)

  • Known to all, Durga Puja is the most serene festival of this state which runs parallel to the 9 days of Navratra.
  • Goddess Durga is praised with great soul and zeal all around the state.
  • Along with that consequent dance/music celebrations make their way.
  • In Hinduism, Mother Durga represents the embodiment of shakti, existence and change.
  • It is held that Durga emerged from the collective energies of all of the gods, including Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
  • To vanquish the demon Mahishasura who could not be defeated by any god or man.
  • She is thus the compassionate savior of all of the gods and the universe.
  • Durga Puja has transcended and reached every corner in India.
  • As one of the biggest festivals in Bengal, Durga Puja is celebrated on a mass scale.
  • Community Pujas are also organized in each locality for 9 days.
  • On the last day, the idols are taken in decorative processions to be immersed in the river or the pond.
  • Big community Pujas are sponsored by multinational companies and commercial firms.
  • The main Puja last for three days and expert priest are called in to do these Pujas.
  • Durga Puja has generally materialized into a community festival.
  • Kolkata takes on a completely different look during the festival, especially at night.
  • Thousands of people line up at the pandals. Streets are decorated with different kinds of light shows.
  • On Dashami, which is the last day, the idols are carried in a procession and finally immersed in a close by river or lake.
  • Bengalis all over India and the world celebrate this great festival as it is a part of their culture.

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