During all nine days, goddess Durga is worshipped in this festival. Durga puja is celebrated with great joy and happiness in the major part of the India especially in West Bengal, Orissa, Gujrat, and northern India as well as central India. Durga puja is a traditional occasion which reunites the people of India In a single culture and custom.
Significance of Durga puja Goddesss Durga is the symbol of strength as she is known as Shakti. Hence goddess Durga is worshipped by the people to get strength and blessings. Worshipping Goddess Durga help the devotees to get the peaceful mind as well as to remove negative thoughts and negative energy.
This is meant to help us think about our positive inner selves. We worship goddess Lakshmi because she gives wealth and prosperity. The ninth day of Durga puja is celebrated as the Ayudh day and that day people worship the tools and instruments that they used in their daily life to achieve goals in the life.
The tenth day is celebrated as the Vijayadashmi it is the day when Goddess Durga got victory over the demon after fighting of ten long nights of battle and also to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, in this day people use to celebrate by burning the big statue of the Ravana and fireworks and by performing the Rama Leela. The dates of Durga Puja celebration may vary every year as per the Hindu calendar. Though the occasion is celebrated for 10 continuous days; however the main celebration takes place in the last five days of Navratri.
It is the main function of Bengalis and is celebrated with a great fervour in West Bengal, especially in Kolkata. Several local groups raise fund and organize grand celebrations everywhere. Dance and singing competitions are held, theme decorations are done using the best of props and in the end the best Pandals are given the prizes, etc.
Now-a-days, the occasion has gained great popularity in other parts of India too. The mystified pandals and eye-catching celebrations can be noticed in central, eastern, north-eastern part of India too.
The occasion gives people the opportunity to dress beautifully, eat heartily and all the reasons to feel happy and elated. Friends and relatives meet each other and visit different pandals in groups. Thus, the occasion is celebrated in almost every region of India. But it is also important that people remain alert and use caution when they take kids outside. Sometimes, the crowd may become unmanageable and kids may get lost. Thus, it is very crucial that the people move in groups and never leave the kids alone; only then they will be able to enjoy the festival in real sense.
As mother of this Universe, she displays infinite power and is worshiped as a symbol of female dynamism. The entire 10 days are considered auspicious, but the last five days are celebrated with utmost zeal and enthusiasm.
Maa Durga is worshiped as the destroyer of demons and is paid utmost respect and honor by Hindus and especially by Bengalis.
Celebration Durga Puja is one of the most sought after occasion for Hindus. It is celebrated in different parts of India in different manners. But the main purpose of the celebration is to worship goddess Durga and appeal to her to bestow power and wealth upon the mankind.
She is idolized for her prosperity, auspiciousness, wisdom, kindness and powers. Durga Puja also reminds us of the great relationship between the child and the mother. Like goddess Durga protected mankind by killing the Demon Mahishasur ; every mother protects her child under any circumstances or irrespective of the gravity of the situation.
Wielding Power Maa Durga exists eternally; she always abides in her own kind nature and stays in the hearts and minds of her blissful devotees. In the form of Shakti, she creates, nurtures and destroys physical forms, while as Kundalini, she enlightens the lotuses of seven centres of awareness in the human body. Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahisasura, thereby protecting mankind.
Though, the festival was celebrated majorly in Bengali dominated areas in earlier days; but now it is celebrated with great joy in almost every part of India and abroad too.
Many Pre-pooja sales are also announced by shops everywhere as lots of people shop during the festive season. Durga Puja is indeed welcomed with great passion by every individual. Idols and Pandals In earlier days, Durga Puja was celebrated privately within the families but now it has turned as a community festival and is celebrated at Puja pandals. Huge Pandals get decorated with beautiful and colourful lights as well as awe-inspiring idols of Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Kartik, Lord Ganesha and the evil Mahisasura get placed in the Pandals for worshipping and honouring by the visitors.
Highly talented people utilize their expertise in developing Pandals by using bamboos, wood, paper, plastic, clothes and other interesting materials. Innovative ideas and great minds use mesmerizing art work; in fact many pandals are also formed on the theme of world famous monuments, etc. Rituals of Durga Puja Even though, several people keep fast for the entire nine days, but the major celebration days start from the sixth day called Maha Shashti.
From the 7th day onwards, priest is invited to chant the shlokas and mantras of Puja and perform the ritual of aarti at the Puja Pandal. Various types of cultural activities such as dance and singing competitions are also held; games are organized during the last few days of the celebration.
His right arm caught by the lion. Different types of eatables are sold and people get completely engrossed into eating, drinking and merry-making. Before the three days, the images of these gods and goddess are worship along with their mother goddess Durga.
Some people celebrate it for five, seven or full nine days. On Ashtami people offer their offerings to the goddess and seek her blessings. The goddess Durga was great, who have killed the Mahishasura. It is indeed a feast for the eyes to behold such glorious pandals of Durga Puja and beautifully carved idols of gods and goddesses. On the top of Durga seated the Shiva, who is the Lord of a destroyer.
Ram worshipped goddess Durga and received her blessings. Fairs are organised in open grounds; children buy toys, sweets, etc. People from all walks of life enjoy the festival of durga puja.
She has ten hands with a different weapon in each. Goddess Durga is a sign of strength or 'shakti' that wins over the demon. Everyone perform this puja very nicely in cultural and traditional way at many places in the city or villages. After many days of battle she finally killed that demon on the tenth day, the day is called as Dussehra. From the 7th day onwards, priest is invited to chant the shlokas and mantras of Puja and perform the ritual of aarti at the Puja Pandal. Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahisasura, thereby protecting mankind.
On the top of Durga seated the Shiva, who is the Lord of a destroyer. Navaratri or Durga pooja is a festival means festival of Nine Nights celebrated by the people especially in the Eastern India.
Themes are decided, dancing and singing competitions are held, kids perform on traditional and modern songs; the entire vision is just splendid. Goddess durga is referred to as the goddess of Power. The legend is incorporated in Sri Sri Chandi, a chapter in the markandeya purana composed by sage markandeya.
They create the Puja Pandals and decorate them with coloured papers and coloured clothes.
The durga puja celebrated for bringing the happiness and peace in the mind of people. Dance and singing competitions are held, theme decorations are done using the best of props and in the end the best Pandals are given the prizes, etc.
It is celebrated in the honour of women power and to recognize that the good is always more powerful than the evil. The pandals are decorated very beautifully with host of lights and designs.