Monday, September 29, 2014

"Durga Puja"

An artist sprays paint on an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga. The Durga Puja festival is the biggest religious event for Bengali Hindus. Hindus believe that the goddess Durga symbolises power and the triumph of good over evil....

Creative and beautiful pandals are made on the festival of Durga Puja every year !!
Durga Puja creates a positive and fun-filled atmosphere all around with the sound of 'dhak' (drums), chants and devotional songs. It is the festival which depicts the victory of good over evil.
Goddess Durga had killed the demon king Mahisasur and thus the heaven and earth rejoice on the victory.
It is believed that mother Durga is invited to visit her maternal home and the invocation given to her is by 'Mahalaya', i.e, chanting mantras and singing devotional songs – "Jaago tumi Jaago...Jaago Durga.."
Goddess Durga then visits home for five days and Bengalis celebrat

A priest performs rituals in front of the Hindu girls dressed as a "Kumari". It is done on the eighth day (Maha Ashtami) of Durga Puja and on this day the bhog which is offered to the Goddess will not contain any rice product. The evening of Maha Ashtami is the main 'sandhya puja' in which 108 earthen lamps (diyas) are lightened. It is the day when Maa Durga killed the demon king Mahisasura

A devotee performs a traditional dance ritual - Dhunuchi nritya - in front of the idol of Durga !!

A devotee offers sweet to the idol of Maa Durga on the tenth day (Vijaya Dashami). On this day The devotees bid farewell to the Goddess Durga by putting sindoor on the idol and praying for their family's well being !!

A Hindu woman reacts as she is smeared with "sindoor", or vermillion powder, as part of a ritual called as "Sindoor Khela" on the last day of the Durga Puja festival

Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga to immerse it into the water and chants "Asche Bochor Abar Hobe" (It will happen again next year). Her immersion is the end of the Durga Puja festival and then everybody wish each other saying "Shubho Bijoya"


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