Durga Puja in india

We just had India’s most widely celebrated Hindu festival called the Durga Puja. If you were in India then you would have seen the festivities. Devotees install stages for the worship of the Goddess called “pandals” on the streets and market places – an absolute delight. Durga Puja is a festival that marks the victory of the Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. The festival also signifies the coming of autumn. The 10th day is called “Vijayadashami” or “Dussehra”. The festival lasts about 9 nights and 10 days (called Navratri) and is an annual holiday in India. On the 10th day, the idols of Durga are carried out in grand procession and immersed in the river. On this day, Lord Ram also killed the demon “Ravana” who had abducted his wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. An effigy of Ravana is burnt on the day of Vijayadashami.

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Here’s a glimpse of the celebration of Durga Puja in India

The Goddess Durga

Statues of Durga being made at Calcutta (Kolkata)

The stage being set for the worship

Durga carried away for immersion

Durga on a stage

Durga Puja in Bangalore

Dussehra near the Red Fort in Delhi – Effigies of Ravana being burned

If you missed out on Durga Puja this year then you will have to visit India next year in 2015 in October. Although Durga Puja is celebrated all over North India and some parts of South India, the best place to go has to be Calcutta (Kolkata) – the capital of the state of West Bengal where Durga Puja is a major social event in the state.

Here’s an interesting piece of history for you! When India was under British rule, some British soldiers and officials actually participated in Durga Puja organised by influential Bengalis. But in 1840, the British Government banned its soldiers from participation. After the ban, the Durga became an icon for the Indian independence movement.

32 thoughts on “Durga Puja in india”

  1. Beautiful post, Durga Puja is one of the most awaited festival in India and celebrated in most parts of country. I missed it this year as we were traveling. Thanks for this post as we got to see pics from different places.. 🙂

  2. I have never seen Durga Pandal but I hear stories from my father of its celebrations in Calcutta! Thanks for a glimpse into this famed festival of India 🙂

  3. Hi shalu ji,
    I live in Kolkata, and I know what durga puja meant
    to here. Here we celebrate durga puja in passion with full of enthusiasm and love. The cultural celebration of durga puja cab only be seen here in kolkata. With lot of different tasty sweets.
    Thanks for the article, its really nice the way you have explained about this festival.

    • Hello Altamash
      I know exactly what you mean. I have been to Calcutta on many occasions and one time was during the Durga Puja celebrations. It was the best I had seen. Thank you for your comment.

  4. i have seen durga puja, in kolkata it is known by durga puja and in northern part of India it is known by navratri so as i live in northern part of India, so we celebrate navratri every year and it is very pious festival.

  5. Durga Puja is the main festival of Kolkata….It is not only celebrated for Bengalis but for everybody…I am specially very touched to this festival as we celebrate Durga Puja at our residence and we enjoy each and every moment for the long 4 days and await for the next year again…Thank u for posting this and making the memories of Durga Puja more special to me and us as well….

  6. I am from vijayawada. here we have indra kelladri durga temple which is very popular south india and recently our city also became as the capital of andhra pradesh and this temple is one of the greatest tourism attractions in the city. job in vijayawada are increasing after it is declared as state capital I hope jobs in tourism industry also increase

  7. Hello,

    Great post.It’s really nice & Beautiful post about Durga Puja !Durga Puja is one of the most popular festival in India and celebrated in most parts of country.I like see Durga Pandal.

    Thanks to share this nice post with us:)

    Have a nice day!

    Mohd Arif

  8. Durga Puja is one of the most important events for all Indians. Kolkata is very famous for Durga Pooja but Gujarat is also famous for Navratri.Mysore is famous for Dasara.


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