Durga Puja is one of the religious festivals of India which is celebrated throughout the country with great zeal and fervour. It is particularly celebrated in the state of West Bengal in Kolkata in the honour of celebrating the unfathomable power of Goddess Durga. This festival is celebrated during the span of whole period of Navaratri for a time span of 10 days. From the sixth day of Navaratri till the ninth day the huge pandaals of the Goddess Durga are open for the visitors. The tenth day of the Navaratri is called as Dashami and on this day the idols of the Goddess Durga are immerged into water and this process is called as Visarjan. This year in 2017, dashami is falling on 30th September.
As per Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga, who is also referred to as an embodiment of Shakti or a symbol of feminine strength, emerged as a collective energy to fight the devil Mahishasura, who had been blessed not to be defeated by any God or Man. Goddess Durga is believed to be a self-sufficient reservoir of energy. The people of Kolkata highly revere Goddess Durga for her unfathomable power and the festival of Durga Puja is observed with utmost grandeur and gigantic ceremonies. If you are visiting Kolkata during Durga Puja then it is for sure that you are going to witness one of the best celebratory moments in the most gigantic way in your life. The preparations before the celebration are not less enticing than the celebration itself. A week or so before the celebration, the whole of the city starts getting masked with a touch of excitement and eagerness. The overwhelming way with which the people out there in Kolkata welcome Goddess Durga is really heart-warming.
|Kalash Sthapana||21th September 2017||Thursday|
|Panchmi||25th September 2017||Monday|
|Shashthi||26th September 2017||Tuesday|
|Saptami||27th September 2017||Wednesday|
|Mahaa-Ashtami||28th September 2017||Thursday|
|Mahaa-nabami||29th September 2017||Friday|
|Dashami||30th September 2017||Saturday|
It′s a time again to get colored and lost in the devotional zeal of Durga Puja celebration that is marked as one of the most awaited and biggest festival celebrations of the Bengalis and for the people belonging to the state of Assam. However Durga Puja is also celebrated with much gaiety and grandeur in the state of Odisha, Tripura, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat as well.
The festival represents the great victory of goddess Durga over the Buffalo demon named Mahishasura. Itâ€™s a six days long festival observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami.
The worship of goddess Durga for the six days of celebration takes place on a magnificent scale among the people belonging to the state of West Bengal or other eastern part of the country. The huge and artistic pandals, magnificient idols of goddess Durga, people dancing on the beats of Dhaki (drum) and evenings surrounded with the divine tunes of Goddess Durga aarti are the unforgettable features of every Durga Puja celebration.
Moreover having a portion of delicious bhog, artistic views of pandals, colorful fireworks and mouthwatering food delights at various food corners held at every nook and corner let the entire city drowned in the colors of joyous Durga Puja celebration!!