Durga Puja

Durga Puja the celebration of victory of good over evil is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety all over the country. The grand observance of the festival is seen in West Bengal where grandiose arrangements are made to witness the festival and worship the Goddess Durga. Devotees observe the festival with great excitement and gaiety making delicacies, communal singing, dancing and mass prayers as integral part of the festival.

The festival of Durga Puja is celebrated all over the country but is referred with different names all over; the festival is mainly referred as Dussehra and Navaratri in other states of India. Every year the festival is observed in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October) and preparation for the festival begin well before a month time. Huge idols of Durga maa are prepared especially in West Bengal as there is the tradition of communal installation of goddess Durga idol. The carnival goes continuously for four days with celebrations and festivities all around.

The festival is meant for reconnecting with all friends and relatives, the occasion to rejoice together. Mass prayers are offered to the Goddess of divine power for four days then the ritual of immersion of the idol is observed. Immersion or visarjan of the huge goddess idol is carried out in the near by water body by taking the idol in the procession of exciting devotees with a feeling to welcome goddess with same charm again in the next year.

In present times, Durga Puja has got commercialized and transacting into the play of pomp and show. This all is resulting into the installation of huge and bright idols of Goddess Durga, whose immersion causes environment pollution. These giant sized idols made by toxic paints and non biodegradable material, highly pollute water and make it unfit for use by humans as well the survival of aquatic life.

Let's all take a step towards the solution of this burning issue and start our celebrations with eco friendly idols with the same spirits towards Durga Maa.

Regional Names of Durga Puja:
Durga Puja is considered most pious festival and celebrated with great fervor in almost all states of India and even neighboring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal. India is the multihued land with different shades in all the states. The traditions, rituals and customs varies here from state to state as different states follow different religions, observe different climatic conditions, speak different languages with the common spirit of unity and brotherhood all around. And with the same spirit of harmony celebrate all festivals, same go true for the grand festival of Durga Puja.

Following are the region specific diverse names of Durga Puja:

Name Region
Durga Puja/Durga Pujo West Bengal, Bihar, UP, MP and Delhi
Durga Puja West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan
Simollanghan West Bengal
Mysore Dussehra Mysore, Karnataka
Saraswati Puja Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala
Bommai Kolu Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Kullu Dussehra Himachal Pradesh, kullu
Ayudya Puja Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala
Vidyaramba Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala