Durga Puja is an important festival observed by Hindus across India. On this day people worship goddess Durga and celebrate her victory over the mythological demon named Mahishasura. The inaugural day in 2012 focused on the issue of ending child marriage. Hindu scriptures depict goddess Durga as a warrior goddess carrying different weapons in her ten arms and riding on a lion. The date of Durga Puja celebration is decided according to the Hindu astrological calendar.
The festival has four main days – Maha Saptami, Maha Asthami, Maha Navami and Vijaya Dasami or Dussehra on the last day. Bengalis celebrate this festival as Sharodotsav (autumn festival) or Sharadiya Durga Puja. It is their biggest religious festival. Theme-based puja pandals with floral decorations are installed by following rituals and customs to welcome goddess Durga and also to mark the celebration with uniqueness.
The anjali or floral offerings to the goddess starts in the morning and aarti or the evening puja starts after dusk. Devotees throng to the pandals to offer prayers and get blessings of the deity. Fancy and magnificent clay idols of goddess which are crafted and painted with colours are the major attraction of the festival. As a part of the event and to add colour to the festival, Durga Puja committees organise various competitions and fun filled activities with exciting prizes. Mouthwatering cuisines, sweets and dishes are an integral part of this celebration.
Here’s wishing you and your family a very Happy Durga Puja. May you find your Life Partner this festive season.
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