Durga Puja Festival in Bengal (India)

Xavier Bage By Xavier Bage, 28th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The happiest feast of the Hindu Bengalis -Durga Puja- is at hand. The joyous mood has already set in the air. People are talking about it, planning about it and the preparations for it are in full swing.

Days of Happiness

A mood of joyous expectation has already set in the air. With the start of the month of Ashwin (18 September this year) the countdown for the happiest celebration of the Hindu Bengali- Durga Puja- has begun. This mood is similar to the one before Christmas in Christian countries. The shops are decked with the dresses of the newest fashion. The roadside vendors too are displaying colorful and attractive dresses. Each person of the family should have at least one new dress. Those who are affluent will buy more than two dresses for this once in a year occasion. The poor will satisfy themselves with the cheapest kind available, perhaps, one bought from the last year’s left over stock.
Neighborhood “pandals” (marquees for the idol Durga) are being erected. Many of these will be replicas of some famous temple and palace. The cost of building these pandals may amount to millions of rupees. In the metropolis of Calcutta, people also in millions will visit these temporary yet beautiful works of art. The pandals in rural Bengal will be simple bamboo scaffolds covered with colored cloth.
The festivities will spread over from October 11 to October 14. Rich or poor, all can have a few days of happiness.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Sep 2013 (#)

Durga Puja is celebrated in real style in West Bengal. Thanks for the share, Xavier - siva

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
28th Sep 2013 (#)

Its a festival of showing the fight between Good and Evil wherein the Good is the victor. Durga is the Goddess with 18 hands and with the Trishul or the Trident of Shiva. The 18 hands hold the various weapons presented to her by the Gods. This is what helps her vanquish the demons who had the power to take birth over and over again,until she fought and vanquished them completely.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
30th Sep 2013 (#)

Thank you for teh wealth of information in regards to this festival

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