Saturday, October 20, 2012

Durga Puja

Durga Puja also known as Durgotsava or Sharadotsav is an Hindu festival celebrated every year mainly in South Asia and involves worship of Hindu Goddess Durga. The festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

In 2012 the five day Durga Puja will start from 19th October 2012 (Maha Shashti) and will end on 24th October 2012 (Bijoya dashami).

During Durga Puja people make beautiful Alpana (A form of Rangoli) designs outside their homes.
hese Alpana designs are drawn with the help of rice-powder, diluted rice paste, powdered colors, charcoal, etc. Colored chalk, vermilion, flower petals, grains, etc, are also used to decorate the designs.
Durga Puja is an important Hindu Festival celebrated all over India with different rituals and festivities especially in the eastern region covering the states of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura. In West Bengal and Tripura, which has majority of Bengali Hindus it is the biggest festival of the year. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Kashmir, Karnataka and Kerala. It is celebrated in the month of September/October every year.

This festival involves the worship of Shakti i.e Goddess Durga. The legend Shakti lays back to the story of Mahisasur, a powerful daemon also known as 
the BuffaloDaemon. Through years of intense praying and worship he got boon from Lord Brahma that no power could him making him invincible. But once the divine powers were bestowed upon him, he started ravaging the whole world and killing people and eventually wanted to uproot the Gods too. The Gods, in dismay, combined their powers to create a beautiful maiden, and each placed his or her most potent weapon in one of her ten hands riding a lion. Durga killed Mahisasur and won the heaven back for the Gods.
Her return in each year in the Bengali month of Aswin (September-October) commemorates Rama's invocation of the goddess Durga before he went into battle with Ravana.

Durga Puja is celebrated as one of the biggest festival in Bengal and is also most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society.

Wishing All Readers A Happy Durga Puja …

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