First of all, Shubho Shashthi to all of you!!!
Durga Puja is here!! The festival for which we wait the whole year. So we thought why not tell everyone about the Puja!!
Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga and it is the biggest festival of West Bengal. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami, and Vijayadashami.
History of Durga Puja:
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga with ten hands, who destroyed an evil demon( Mahishasura ) before he wreaked havoc across the heavens. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomizes the victory of Good over Evil.
The worship of Devi Durga in the month of Ashwin is called ‘Akalbodhan’- an uncustomary time for commencement of the worship. It is so-called since the period of this worship differs from the conventional period (during the spring – ‘Basanta’). Ramayana says that when Rama was engaged in the fierce battle with Ravana, he wanted to secure the blessings of victory from Devi Durga. He held the puja to evoke the goddess during autumn to his dire plight, thereby worshiping Durga untimely (in Akal). Hence this puja is called Akalbodhon.
A part of Durga Sloka is as follows:
Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu Matri rupena samsthita
Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu Shakti rupena samsthita
Ya Devi sarva bhutesu Shanti rupena samsthita
Namestasyai Namestasyai Namestasyai Namoh Namah
This Sanskrit Mantra depicts that Goddess Durga is present everywhere as the incarnation of Universal mother, the epitome of power and peace.
Durga Puja Dates:
|Shashthi||7th October 2016||Friday|
|Saptami||8th October 2016||Saturday|
|Mahaa-Ashtami||9th October 2016||Sunday|
|Mahaa-nabami||10th October 2016||Monday|
|Dashami||11th October 2016||Tuesday|
Names of Durga Puja:
- Durga Puja: West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Delhi & Madhya Pradesh
- Akal Bodhan: Bengal, Assam & Odisha
- Navratri: Gujarat, UP, Punjab, Kerala & Maharashtra
- Kullu Dussehra: Kullu Valley & Himachal Pradesh
- Mysore Dussehra: Mysore,Karnataka
- Bommai Golu: Tamil Nadu
- Bommala koluvu: Andhra Pradesh
- Vidyaramba: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Kerala
How we celebrate Durga Puja:
Durga is the goddess of strength or Shakti. The idols of Goddess Durga are installed at various pandals. She holds various weapons in her ten hands. She rides on a lion. Mahisasura demon is attacked by her.
She comes along with Ganesh, the lord of the host, Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, Saraswati, the goddess of learning, and Kartik, the god of heavenly forces. On the top is seated Shiva, the lord destroyer.
Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp and happiness.All the pandals are decorated with decoratives and lights. Men, women and children of all ages go to see the beautiful puja pandals.
On the day of Bijoya Dashami, the image of Goddess Durga is immersed.
So next autumn, why don’t you come ad give West Bengal a visit and see for yourself how Durga Puja is celebrated and we promise you that you will become a regular visitor after that!! We invite you to come and be a part of the biggest and most energetic festival of West Bengal.
Cheers till our next post! I am going to wear my new dress and then go pandal hopping till then!! 🙂