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Picture of the Murti(idol) of Goddess Durga at a puja pandal in South Kolkata, West Bengal, India during the Durga Puja.


About Durga Puja :
Durga Puja - the ceremonial worship of the mother goddess, is one of the most important festivals of India. Apart from being a religious festival for the Hindus, it is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation, and a celebration of traditional culture and customs. While the rituals entails ten days of fast, feast and worship, the last four days - Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami - are celebrated with much gaiety and grandeur in India and abroad, especially in Bengal, where the ten-armed goddess riding the lion is worshiped with great passion and devotion.

According to Hindu mythology Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and believed to be the power behind the work of creation, preservation, and destruction of the world.


Durga Puja Mythology - Prince Rama's 'Akal Bodhan' :
Durga Puja is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October) and commemorates Prince Rama's invocation of the goddess before going to war with the demon king Ravana. This autumnal ritual was different from the conventional Durga Puja, which is usually celebrated in the springtime. So, this Puja is also known as 'akal-bodhan' or out-of-season ('akal') worship ('bodhan'). Thus goes the story of Lord Rama, who first worshipped the 'Mahishasura Mardini' or the slayer of the buffalo-demon, by offering 108 blue lotuses and lighting 108 lamps, at this time of the year.



To know more on 'Goddess Durga' and the history of 'Durga Puja' :
- The History & Origin of Durga Puja
- About Devi Durga
- The Mother Goddess & Her Symbolism
- Durga Puja


Reference : http://hinduism.about.com/od/durgapuja/a/durga_puja_history.htm

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