Durga Puja which is sometimes referred to as the ‘Durgotsava’ is an auspicious Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is one of the popular festivals in states like Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Bangladesh and Assam.
As per the Hindu calendar month, the famous festival falls each year during the month of September or October. During the course of this major event, the temples are beautifully adorned with flowers, setting up of pandals followed by stage performances, processions and scripture recitation etc.
Durga Puja celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga in annihilating the demon Mahishasura. It symbolizes the good over evil. The date of Durga Puja festival which coincides with Vijayadashami commemorates similar traditions of Hindu community. During this day, the statues of demon Ravana are burned.
Durga Puja is one of the major festivals which are celebrated for a period of about ten days during the month of Ashvina (September-October). Ashvina is the seventh month of Hindu calendar which is commemorated in states like Bengal and Assam,
The Days of Durga Puja
The first day of Durga Puja is termed as the ‘Mahalaya’ which denotes the arrival of Goddess Durga. The celebrations commence during the sixth day ‘Sasthi’. During the successive three days, the goddess is worshipped in three major forms namely ‘Durga’, ‘Lakshmi’ and ‘Saraswathi’. The whole celebration comes to an end during the tenth day ‘Vijaya Dashami’. On this day, processions are held where idols and effigies are immersed into the water.
Durga Puja is indeed one of the popular festivals of West Bengal and other parts of Eastern India. The people actively take part in the celebrations to experience optimum fun, zest and gaiety. In addition, they can take advantage of the shopping sale that provides attractive discounts and rebates on a diverse range of items.
The festival comprises of Shasthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Nabami, Maha Ashtami. The final day of the festival is termed as Bijoya Dashami in which immersion of idol Durga is executed. It is during this day where people begin to share greetings amongst each other to express their love and affection.
Durga Puja Shopping and Celebration
People of all ages wear brand new costumes and head straight towards the shopping mall. Numerous Durga Puja’s is organized all over the city of Kolkata and various other cities located at West Bengal. The decorations are subject to themes and cultural traditions. Durga Puja festival is one of the finest examples of rich culture and heritage.
During this day, the majority of the educational institutions, workplaces and business organizations are shut down to commemorate Durga Puja festival. Colleagues, family, friends and relatives mutually exchange gifts to express their concern you can also send Durga puja gifts to India with our website. Even corporate firms and business organizations bestow gifts to their employees as a token of love and indication of goodwill.
Most of multi-cuisine restaurants and hotels provide attractive discounts on accommodation to entice people during this auspicious occasion. Both local residents and inbound tourist throng the streets to munch on authentic Bengali cuisines and similar dishes.