Durga Puja


The fluorescent blue sky, wispy white clouds, snow white crown of Kash flowers, gem of dew on the top of the grass and the pleasant fragrance of Sheeuli flower - this is how nature during the Autumn grooms up herself to welcome Goddess Durga. Generally this is a four day Puja (Worship), starting from the day of Bodhan on MahaShasthi and ending up with the immersion of the clay made Idols in the sacred river Ganga (the Ganges) on the evening of Dashami.
Indian Mythology tells - long back, Mahishasura, the king of Demons, being indulged by certain boon from Lord Shiva, the supreme Hindu God, started his tyranny over Heaven. Scared and hopeless gods earnestly requested Lord Brahma, Lord ...

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reveals king Suratha was one of the eminent worshippers of goddess Durga; he used to worship her image during spring and the act is known as Basanti puja. But Shree Rama, before rescuing Seeta from Ravana, in haste worshipped her in the Autumn and act is called Akal Bodhan (Untimely Worship). However over the years, this Akal Bodhan has become the major festival of Bengal.
Though the sojourn of the goddesss on earth is only of four days, but seven days before the puja, from the day of Mahalaya (October 12, 1996) starts Devipaksha; on this very day people prays for their 'passed away' relatives and take holy dip in the river Ganga - the act is called Tarpan.

In Bengal, goddesss Durga is worshipped as a mother rather than the goddess of supreme power. Durga comes to the earth for four days -Shashthi (October 18), Saptami (October 19), Ashtami (October 20), Navami & Dashami (October 21) along with her four children Ganesha, Laxmi, Kartik and Saraswati. This is the time when most of ...

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