Durga Puja is one of the most significant and vibrant festivals celebrated among the Hindu community all over the world.
This ten-day festival is dedicated to Hindu deity Durga and falls during the Hindu month of Ashwin, during the months of September or October.
The festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons and celebrates the homecoming of the Goddess.
It is believed that during these ten days, the gods and goddesses visit the earth and bestow their blessings on us.
The preparation of the celebration of Durga puja starts several days ahead.
People start decorating their houses with flowers and other festive items, making pandals for the idols of goddess Durga, and organizing activities to make this festival a memorable one.
On the day of the puja, people dress up in their traditional best and visit the pandal to seek the blessings of goddess Durga.
A grand Aarti is performed along with the recitation of mantras, and prasad is distributed among all.
Apart from the puja, which is the main highlight of this festival, people also celebrate by organizing various events and cultural programs.
There is also great enthusiasm among people to participate in cultural performances, shopping, and scrumptious feasts.
The streets are brimming with life and devotion.
On the last day of the festival, people bid farewell to the Goddess by performing a special ceremony known as ‘Vijayadashmi’, where they thank her for the blessings showered upon them.
Overall, Durga Puja is a joyous festival that brings the community together with love and harmony.
This religious festival not only engenders religious faith, but also ensures that people bond with each other and strengthens our relationships with our near and dear ones.