Durga Puja, also known as Shardiya Navratri, is one of the most important and widely celebrated festivals in India, especially in the eastern states of India such as Assam, Bihar, West Bengal and eastern Uttar Pradesh. . This grand festival, which usually takes place in September or October, is dedicated to the worship of the divine feminine form.
In fact, in Durga Puja, 9 forms of Bhagwati Paramba are worshiped in 9 days. Durga Puja is not only a religious ritual but also a cultural celebration that unites people from all walks of life crossing boundaries and differences.
Mother Durga has nine forms – Mata Shailputri, Mata Brahmacharini, Mata Chandraghanta, Mata Kushmanda, Mata Skandamata, Mata Katyayani, Mata Kalratri, Mata Mahagauri, Mata Siddhidatri Puja.
Durga Puja Celebration
Idol Preparation: Preparations for Durga Puja begin months in advance. The idols of Goddess Durga are made by skilled artisans. These idols are usually made of clay and decorated with colors and ornaments.
Pandals and Decoration: Temporary structures called “pandals” are built to house the idols. These pandals are lavishly decorated, often on a specific theme, which varies from year to year. Elaborate lighting, artwork and floral decorations adorn the pandals, creating a captivating and immersive environment.
People from all sections of the society visit beautifully decorated pandals to pay respect to the goddess and admire the artistic expressions.
Rituals: The festival begins with the installation of idols, followed by various rituals. Devotees fast and pray to seek the blessings of Mother Goddess.
Immersion: Immersion means to dissolve in water. During immersion, they respectfully request Goddess Bhagwati to visit her abode and invite them to come back next year.