Countdown to Durga Puja (Bengal & North East) begins
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Countdown to Durga Puja (Bengal & North East) begins

Durga Puja is the most important Hindu Festival in West Bengal and some other parts of North East India. Idols of the Goddess Durga are cast in the river(s) after much ceremony, which is the most striking aspect of the Festival. I well remember that beautiful ceremony from my childhood days in Bihar (where the festival was celebrated too wherever there were a lot of Bengalis).

Tonight I'm posting an excerpt from on the 9 day lead up to the day in which the Goddess Durga idols will be cast into the rivers (October 5 this year) - (NB to editors - I can't just put a link to the quote, as I'm a subscriber to this website and it was actually in a subscriber email to me, not on the website, I don't think - sorry to quote in full..)

"Today is Mahalaya, the day of invocation of Goddess Durga to ward off all Evil.
It is the day of the new moon, the day of remembrance and homage to spirits of
the departed ancestors as well.

According to the Puranas, on this day, the Gods appealed to the Trinity
(Brahama, Vishnu and Maheshwara) to save them from Mahisasura, the Demon and his
clan and hence appeared Goddess Chandi; the amalgamation of all the power of the
divinity. Again Myth has it, Durga commenced on her journey to her paternal home
on this day. And this paternal home is symbolized by our homes/lives. She
appears on this earth to destroy all that is evil and redundant and establishes
the glory of Good once again. It is the day of taking the vow that all mortals
can and will ultimately addresses the potential of his human existence. As
mentioned many times before, we mortals are all blessed with a miniature of His
power and there is a need always to work towards perfection. So let us all
address those issues that create problems for us and once again positively
assert, the Good in our respective lives. While we normally rejoice with the
full Moon, this time we rejoice in the dark night of Amavasya (new moon). Let us
all pray en-mass that each of us to reach our goals in life, at this time of
destruction of Evil and resurrection of the Good. It is the darkness of the sky
before first rays of the dawn. Let us worship the Power, of Durga for 9
nights/days this Nav Ratri to be able to reach out to the Supreme, The Powerful.

The Vishnu Yajna and the Nav-Ratri Puja commence tomorrow."

If you are in Kolkatta or anywhere in Bengal or the North East at the time Durga Puja happens, be sure to see it - it is a striking sight.

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| Sentient Being
Here is a great BBC article about Durga Puja -
| Account Closed
Thanks samsara to describe the Durga Puja.
Do you know it's called AKAL BODHON.
This is not the right time to worship Mother Goddess Durga.
Lord Rama, the hero of Ramayana, worshiped Durga to defeat Ravana.
The original Puja is held on Spring. Which is Called Basanti puja.But after the high influence of Lord rama / Ramayana all over India this Durga puja is much more populer.
So, after this Puja Dasera is celebrated burning the effigy of Ravana.
In Bengal we observe Durga Puja as a Bengali girl comming home back from her inlaws house.
| Sentient Being
I'm confused, I always thought Durga Puja was when the Goddess idols were thrown in the river (I was living in Bihar and what is now Jharkand as a child).

I think I'll just go by the cyber astro info as I don't know about the other customs, or what happens in Kolkatta, but it's very interesting to hear about it.
| Sentient Being
I was just looking at the Durga Puja site at Hindustan Times and I discovered what Indiaguide was referring to. At this time, in different parts of India, this festival is also called by different names or refers to different legends. So, it's not the same for everyone (depends which part of India you're in, and also what customs your people celebrate). But overall, it is the celebration of Shakti (the Goddess aspect or power).

Here is the legend I was referring to - which is predominant in Eastern India -

Also, this legend explains the origin of Shakti temples such as Kalighat in Kolkatta and the famous Tantric Goddess Temple in Gauhati, Assam (the name slips my mind at the moment) -

This is the legend Indiaguide was referring to -
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