Durga Puja is a popular Hindu festival that is celebrated because of Durga’s victory over the deceitful demon Mahishashur. The festival is mainly the significance of marking “good over evil”. Besides, it is also commemorated every year to pay homage to the goddess Durga. The Hindu festival has originated from the Indian subcontinent. Although it is celebrated with great pomp and show around the country, it is mainly popular in West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand, and Tripura. While it is also popularly celebrated in Bangladesh. Check out all the crucial information of the festival along with Happy Durga Puja 2021 quotes, wishes, images and more.
Also known as Durgotsava or Shardostava, Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival that is observed in the Indian calendar month of Ashwin. in the Gregorian calendar, it corresponds to September-October. Basically, the festival lasts for 10 days which features people worshiping the goddess in their homes or temples. However, the last five days are believed to hold greater significance. These days, structural decorations which are popularly known as Pandals are set. The festival also marks performance, gift-giving, public processes, and scripture recitations. It also shows the Shaktism tradition in the Hindu religion.
Following the Hindu scriptures, it is said that the goddess Durga had defeated the evil shape-shifting Asura Mahishahsura and the festival marks her triumph over him. Ever since, the festival started getting celebrated under the theme “good over evil” while it is also seen to be a harvest festival. Maa Durga is believed to be the motherly power behind all of life and creation. The major highlight of this festival is the “Ramleela” dance-drama which is enacted to show Lord Ram’s victory over Ravan and later the effigies of Ravana are burnt in order to show his defeat.
Although the primary goddess during Durga Puja is “Durga”, the festival also included other powerful and sacred goddesses including Lakshmi, known to be the goddess of prosperity and wealth, Saraswati, goddess of knowledge and music. Ganesha, the god of good beginnings, and Kartikeya, the god of war. In Odia and Bengali tradition, these are believed to be the children of Maa Durga. This year it started on Monday, October 11 and was celebrated till Friday, October 15. People shared good wishes, images and quotes to their loved ones and prayed for their betterment while goddess Durga was worshiped around the country with immense faith and devotion. Follow for more updates!