Durga Puja is a festival to worship of the Goddess Durga. Puja means to worship, and Durga means the Goddess Durga. Though it is more popular in the Eastern and North-Eastern Indian States of West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, etc.; in today’s world, it is celebrated across most major cities of India. It is celebrated every year in September or October depending on the dates of the Indian Calendar.
Durga Puja celebrations basically consist of the worship rituals and prayers for the Goddess Durga.
Here is how Durga Puja gets celebrated in India.
- During the festive period people enjoy a lot by dancing singing holy songs, and in between these activities, people socialize a lot like a lot of people gather for Durga Puja throughout the country.
- The most famous Durga Puja celebration in the world is of Kolkata because in the city more than 45000 Durga Puja Pandals get decorated on the auspicious occasion and people from around the globe, travel to this beautiful city to watch and celebrate Durga Puja.
- In other parts of the country, people show a great love towards Goddess Durga, and people give their gifts to goddess Durga and expect their wishes to get fulfilled in return.
Though that is the religious aspect, there is also a Social aspect to it. It is a ten-day festival, in which a large idol of Goddess Durga is installed in prominent public places. The idol is decorated beautifully with flowers, jewelry, and many other colorful decorations. It is a sight to behold. People come together with their families, share sweets, share festival greetings and participate in the prayers and worship of Goddess Durga. On the tenth day, called Dussehra, the idol is immersed in Water, and the festival is declared closed, until next year.
Goddess Durga signifies the Power of the Feminine Energy in Indian Culture. So Durga Puja is a Symbol of Gender Equality and a celebration of the importance of the Feminine Energy in our lives. Goddess Durga was the slayer of the Demon Mahishasura, so her worship also signifies the Importance of choosing the Good Path in life.
Durga Puja festival is significant on multiple levels. On one level, it is merely a big Social Event for family get-together. On another level, it is a religious event for the ritual worship of Goddess Durga. And on the Spiritual level, it signifies the Value of Choosing the Good Path in life.