Durga Puja

October

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

Towering idols of goddess Durga preside over beautifully created pandals depicting different legends of the fierce goddess in honour of whom this festival is celebrated. Five days of pomp, colour, crazy processions and community prayers (puja’s) coalesce to celebrate the killing of the buffalo demon Mahisasura by the goddess – the victory of good over evil.


Towering idols of goddess Durga preside over beautifully created pandals depicting different legends of the fierce goddess in honour of whom this festival is celebrated. Five days of pomp, colour, crazy processions and community prayers (puja’s) coalesce to celebrate the killing of the buffalo demon Mahisasura by the goddess – the victory of good over evil.

The conventional erecting of pandals was popularised in the 20th century when the deity became a symbol for Indian Independence in Bengal and today it is the prevalent Hindu festival that is observed across the state. Each pandal seems better than the previous and regular competitions are held to award prizes representing varied categories.

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