A glimpse of Durga Puja in West Bengal.
Durga Puja is all about the grandeur of thousand year old tradition to celebrate women power in the form of Goddess Durga. Dussehra is one of the most popular festivals in West Bengal. It’s a day when friends and families gather together to celebrate the spirit of Dussehra. This day is special because of the great mythological value. It is said that Maa Durga needed to kill monster Mahishasura. Because the victory over him was a victory over the demon. On the eighth day of Navratri, Durga Maa ended that demon. Hence, the tenth day is considered to be a day of relief and celebration.
In West Bengal, Durga Puja is often followed by a dance on the beats of drum. Bengali culture has a special place for art and music that is reflected during this festival. The ninth day of Navratri is known as Navmi. This auspicious day in Hindu mythology has also a significance related to the Lord Rama and his success. Lord Ram’s inspired by the virtue of Durga Maa to earn victory over evil Raavan.
Dussehra celebration in Bengal is filled with opulence, vibrant colors of beautiful pandals, decoration and delicious cuisines. The streets are decorated with mesmerising lighting to celebrate the presence of Durga Maa. Most preparations of the pandals are started months prior to Navratri. They often come up with the new themes every year for this festival. College Sqaure, Bagbazaar are some of the famous pandals of Kolkata.
During these ten days, most of the Bengalis follow a strict vegetarian diet. Special traditional food and irresistible sweets are made throughout the season. Golgappe or Puchka is one of the most popular street foods of West Bengal. As a part of tradition, women wear beautiful sarees. They offer red sindoor, betel leaves and sweets to Goddess Durga. Once the rituals are done, women play with sindoor and dance.
This festival is also one of the most auspicious day in an entire year to buy valuable jewellery. People often plan their purchases of gold and diamond jewellery for this day. It is believed to bring prosperity and wealth. This festive season is also big on gifting. As a part of the tradition, elderly members express their love in the form of gifting precious jewellery for young women in the family. Diamond studded Bali earrings or Religion symbol pendants are are some of the popular gifting choices. Ancient symbolic pendants of Swastik and lotus represent the presence of Goddess Laxmi. Jewellery purchase on Dussehra is believed to be a token of good fortune and luck.
Durga Puja is not just a festival, but a carnival that brings people together and spread happiness and joy. The streets are decorated with huge Rangoli and flowers. Idols of Durga Maa are submerged in water on the tenth day. This is day of final goodbye. The Dussehra celebration of West Bengal is an epitome of carnival spirit, love, joy.
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