The Durga Puja festival is near, and I am here with another article to talk and tell you guys the history behind why we celebrate it every year. Durga Puja is one of the biggest festivals of Hindu religion that celebrated every year. Special Thanks to my Girl “whyaisevenhere” who also helped me in Eid-al-Adhar article and she is back to more rescue. You can follow and stalk her on Social media, but sorry I won’t let you.
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Old History behind Durga Puja Festival – Explanation of 10 days
Durga Puja, which also called as Durgotsava or Navaratri is an annual Festivals for Hindu religion. Mostly people from West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, and Tripura believe in celebrating it more openly. Now get some history lesson below.
History lesson with the Ten Days Explained in Navatari
It marks the battle of goddess Durga with Mahishasura, who was a combination of the asura (a demon) and mahisha (water buffalo). Mahishasura performed tapas (meditation) to Brahma for immortality. Brahma gave him the blessing that he can only die by the hands of a woman. Believing no woman can be powerful enough to kill him he started a war against the gods and won the war. Then the three great gods, Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu combined their energy and made goddess Durga, who defeated mahishasura.
Durga had ten hands, and each hand holds a weapon. Goddess Durga symbolizes the divine force against opposing forces of evil and wickedness she protects her devotees against evil.
Durga Puja is usually a ten-day long celebration starting from mahalaya that marks the advent of devices Durga. And it goes until the 10th day when they say goodbye to the goddess by immersing the clay to a river or ocean and its believed that as the clay dissolves she returns to Kailash with Shiva and cosmos in general. Day 2 to five spent by preparation of the other manifestations of Durga such as kumari (goddess of fertility ) may (mother ) Lakshmi(goddess of wealth ) and some more like saptamatrika ( seven mothers) or navadurga ( nine aspects of Durga)
In the sixth day, which is called sasthi the goddess is welcomed, and festive Durga celebrations socially begin in the temples and pandals which continues to the tenth day.
The tenth day is the Vijaya Dashami, and people start celebrating with music and chanting prayers and prepare the Durga Mata Statue to immerse in Ocean as a way to say Goodbye.
Durga Puja 2017 Date and Time
This year Durga Puja Festival or Dashain coming in September from 26 September – 30 September and the 30 September is the final day and also the day of Dusshera.
As per the rituals, the celebration starts for the Durga Puja festival during five back to back days in which it got “Saptami,” “Shasthi,” “Ashtami,” “Navami” and “Dashami.”
Below are the pictures from 2016 Celebration:
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