Durga Puja additionally known as Durgotsava or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu pageant in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all of the six days noticed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set in accordance with the normal Hindu calendar and the fortnight comparable to the pageant known as Devi Paksha. Devi Paksha is preceded by Mahalaya, the final day of the earlier fortnight Pitri Paksha, (‘Fortnight of the Forefathers’), and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja.
Durga Puja is broadly celebrated within the Indian states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Tripura and West Bengal, the place it’s a five-day annual vacation. In West Bengal and Tripura, which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it’s the greatest pageant of the 12 months. Not solely is it the most important Hindu pageant celebrated all through the state, additionally it is essentially the most important socio-cultural occasion in Bengali society. Other than jap India, Durga Puja can also be celebrated in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja can also be celebrated as a significant pageant in Nepal and in Bangladesh everywhere in the locations of Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Bogra and different main locations and all of the villages of Bangladesh the place the 20% inhabitants is Hindu.three day Nationwide Vacation is being declared and a lot of the academic establishments stay closed because it is among the main nationwide pageant additionally in Bangladesh which is broadly celebrated and peoples from all faith take part in this system.
The prominence of Durga Puja elevated steadily throughout the British Raj in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists recognized Durga with India, she turned an icon for the Indian independence motion. Within the first quarter of the 20th century, the custom of Baroyari or Group Puja was popularised attributable to this. After independence, Durga Puja turned one of many largest celebrated festivals in the entire world.
Durga Puja additionally consists of the worship of Shiva, who’s Durga’s consort (Durga is a side of Goddess Parvati), along with Lakshmi, Saraswati with Ganesha and Kartikeya, who’re thought of to be Durga’s kids. Worship of mom nature is finished, via 9 kinds of plant (referred to as “Kala Bou”), together with a plantain (banana) tree, which signify 9 divine types of Goddess Durga. Fashionable traditions have come to incorporate the show of adorned pandals and artistically depicted idols (murti) of Durga, alternate of Vijaya greetings and publication of Puja Annuals.
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