YA DEVI SERVEY BHUTESHU MATRI RUPENU SANSKRITA!!!!
NAMASTASEY! NAMASTASEY! NAMASTASEY! NAMOH!
India as we all know is a ‘Land of Festivals’. Every state has its own culture and tradition. Bengal the land of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahansa celebrates the festival of Durga puja in autumn. This festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The day when goddess Durga had killed the demon Mahisasura.
People rejoice this festival with family and friends. Since the beginning of the year, people look forward to this day. This festival is also celebrated in the form of Navratri by the people of north. They go for fast of 9 days and arrange garba nights as a part of celebration on a large scale. In West Bengal this festival is given in more importance. Durga puja is a festival celebrated by Bengalis’ for four days which is respectively named as Shaptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami. Enourmous statues of Maa Durga are built with beautiful decorations and a slight smile on her face gives a sense of the universe coming together.
West Bengal residents as per my experience take a lot of pain to conduct this festival in a perfect manner . It is a believed that goddess Durga comes along with her children to her parents home and is also her reunion with Lord Shiva. This is the reason why people participate with more enthusiasm. People form clubs or groups of their own and come up with various themes and prepare pandals according to it. Prayer to the goddess is performed through pushpanjali, preparing of hotchpotch has been a tradition going on for decades and is served to whoever comes to pray to Maa.
Durga puja is not only celebrated in Bengal but also in every corner of the country. Priests familiar to this festival, mantras and rituals are brought from different places, stalls are put up and small melas are set up for recreation.
The festival is enjoyed by every particular person whether belonging to the Bong’s community or not.
By- Victoria Chacko
BA(J) I Year