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Friday, September 4, 2009

Durga Puja Greetings, Durga Pujo, Durga Puja Festival, Navratri festivals

Durga Puja is the biggest and the most popular festivals of the Bengalis. Also referred as Durgotsab, the Durga Puja is an annual festival in Bengal that celebrates the worship of Hindu goddess Durga. The Puja is celebrated for five days starting from Sashthi, to Maha Saptami, Mahashtami, Maha Nabami and Bijoya Dashami. It is believed that Maa Durga visits with her two sons and daughters to the earth, her father’s house once a year.

The dates of Durga Puja are set after certain calculations according to the traditional Bengali Calendar and the fortnight that correspond the festival is called Debi Pokkho. The Durga Puja is widely observed in West Bengal and Tripura. It’s a five day national holiday in these regions. The festival has a huge significance and socio-cultural impact in Bengali society.

Apart from West Bengal, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa, Delhi, Maharashtra, Kashmir, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja is also largely observed as a major festival in Nepal and Bangladesh. Nowadays, the non-residential Bengali communities have started to arrange Durgotsab in the countries like United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, France and Kuwait.

The Durga Puja also includes the worshipping of Hindu Gods and Goddesses like Shiva, Lakshmi, Ganesha, Saraswati, Kartikeya and Mahishasura. Modern tradition have evolved to include the display of extremely decorated pandals and artistically depicted idols of Durga. Awards are given to the Puja committees for their innovation.

The bells of celebration are ringing again! It's time again to lose yourself in the rasa and garba dances, for Navratri is here! But hey! Don't you forget to wish all those wonderful people who add a beautiful melody

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